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Death and Dying

Compassionate Bodywork with Death and Dying

This two-day course offers an opportunity to move into a deeper life as a healer by exploring the concepts, and learning the hands-on healing techniques of serving the dying patient. There is a renewed movement in the awakening of natural death and the call to helping people make their final transition with ease, deep meaning and less fear.

We will explore our own emotional responses, concepts, beliefs and feelings of working with the dying client thereby strengthening our methods of self-care and supporting healthy boundaries and ethics.

This is an interactive course that includes a blend of small and large group discussion, case studies, guest speakers, experiential awareness exercises, skill development and hands-on practice. Time is dedicated to creating a safe and nurturing space to explore this sensitive process.


Participants will…

  • Learn the standard procedures, precautions and guidelines for hands-on healing in your own office, a clinical setting, or at the home site

  • Discuss and practice positioning adjustments, hands-on techniques, and energy holds to safely meet the dying person’s needs

  • Explore ways to deepen our mindful communication skills and create a safe container for the end of life client and their families

  • Gain an understanding of how the end of life care is orchestrated and the different professionals that are included in the process


Additionally, participants will…

  • Experience the profound effects of live sacred music during a hands-on session with a dying client

  • Examine different cultural traditions with guest presenters and learn to enhance or create your own ceremonial rituals


NOTE: This workshop meets the requirements for ethics education for license renewal with the NC Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy and for recertification with NCBTMB.

Death Cafe​ 

A Discussion Gathering, with coffee, tea and cake


“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” 
― Mary Oliver, Thirst


Death Cafes are part of a global movement. The idea was born from the writings of Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist who said talking about death leads to authenticity.


At a Death Cafe the community gathers to discuss life and death, with a serving of tea and cake. The objective is to raise awareness through open conversation about a topic that remains deeply taboo.  The idea is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of our (finite) lives.”


During the Death Cafe we discuss death, celebrate life and enjoy time together. This gathering is open to the community. It is a group-directed discussion of issues about death and dying, with no agenda, objectives, or themes. This is a discussion group, not grief support or an educational seminar. We talk about death, enhance life, and of course, eat cake.


Death Cafes are not-for- profit, and held in a respectful, confidential, safe space. There is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product, or course of action. Find out more at and Death and Cupcakes.

Contact Cathy Brooksie at for more information.

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