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Before I Go: Creative Approaches to End-of-Life Planning Fri 22 Nov - Sun 24 Nov

  • Well-being

Our culture is largely death-phobic, yet it is something we all must face at some point. This workshop reduces potential stress for family members at an already difficult time by taking you step-by-step through the process of making a good end-of-life plan. Putting your affairs in order will also give peace of mind and a release of energy, which is then available for living life to the fullest! Work will be in the main group as well as in smaller groups, plus individual reflection.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

·   recognise why it is important to plan for the future

·   follow the practical steps needed to prepare well for death and dying

·   start conversations with their loved ones about death and dying

·   use their identified life values to help in decision-making  

·   have all end-of-life documentation in one place

Getting started is often the hardest part of any project. By the time you finish the workshop you will be well on the way to creating your end-of-life plan, something many of us put off for years. People sometimes ask me if you have to be old or terminally ill to be planning for end-of-life and my answer is absolutely not. While old age and illness bring an urgency to the work, simply put,  this work is for everyone who is going to die or experience the death of family and friends, which is of course each and every one of us. While you will be focusing on your own preferences (or possibly others’ preferences if you are caring for anyone), what the workshop also offers is the opportunity to get this important work done in the company of like-minded people, and this is something which many find beneficial. Sharing experiences – both practical and emotional – can really help us focus our minds on what we would want and just as importantly, not want.  Most of us have heard stories about people dying without leaving instructions about what was important to them should they become incapacitated, or what they might have wanted their funeral to be like, leaving loved ones at best with a difficult decision to make and at worst arguing and falling out. But this really doesn’t need to be the case. By doing the work now, we can then relax in the knowledge that we have minimised that stress for our grieving loved ones. 

Residential Single £295
Residential Shared £255
Non-Residential £215

Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Arrival and registration 4.00pm – 6.00pm Friday. Course begins with supper at 6.30pm. Course ends with afternoon tea at 4.00pm on Sunday.

Jane Diamond is a graduate of the Before I Go Academy, the training arm of BIG Solutions, a social enterprise whose mission is to have end-of-life plans be as commonplace as birth plans. See www.beforeigosolutions.comJane believes we need to change how we talk about death and dying so it is better understood as a normal part of life. Her work focuses on informing people about what options are available with regard to planning for end-of-life, end-of-life itself and the funeral afterwards. She has been running a local death café since March 2016 and is a member of End-of-Life Doula UK which offers doula support for those at end-of-life.  Jane also works with a local funeral director and in March 2019 starts funeral director training. Jane has a background in body psychotherapy, having trained at the Chiron Centre from 2002-2007. She is also a member of Gloucestershire Bereavement Forum where bereavement services from the voluntary, charity and NHS sectors meet quarterly to signpost available bereavement support across the county. 

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