Valuable Resources For Life, Death, Grief, & Unity
A Sacred Passing
A Sacred Passing offers death and dying education to individuals, community associations, and medical organizations, offering supportive educational companions to guide and assist people towards a more conscious dying experience, while honoring individual autonomy.
Betsy Trapasso is an end of life guide and advocate in Los Angeles. As a guide, she assists the dying in making a peaceful transition from this world.
She also supports the families and caregivers before, throughout and after the dying process. As an advocate, she speaks and educates about end of life issues in order to change how we view and do death.
Betsy has a Master of Social Work and she has worked as a hospice social worker, community educator/liaison and volunteer trainer. Betsy is the hostess of Death Café Los Angeles, a collaborator on The Art of Covid project, the creator of Death and the Arts and End of Life VR, and the host of the Interviews with the Influential podcast.
Doulagivers Institute For Higher Learning
Doulagivers Institute for Higher Learning- Free access to the most progressive education, events and training to support the personal and collective transformation and awakening of the human spirit.
The Institute for The Study Birth, Breath and Death
Creative Rituals for Death in the Times of COVID-19
A video from Australian designer Pia Interlandi
Bevival is a death literacy content and programming platform designed to encourage individual and societal change. Founded and curated by Caren Martineau, the platform's unique library of inspiring stories, exclusive interviews, workshops and community-based edutainment events invite visitors to consider what their end of life experience could be, long before the end.
International Doulagivers Foundation
Doulagivers believes that it is imperative that everyone has the basic knowledge to offer support within their communities in the elder years and the precious last phase of life. If everyone can contribute a little bit of time and compassion, it relieves so much burden from the caregivers and families so that facilitating a healthy aging process and a positive end of life experience for every patient around the world becomes possible.
The International Doulagivers Foundation is here to give free training to people all over the world in order to help them develop their own resource volunteer programs to support their communities.
Collective for Radical Death Studies
CRDS is the radical shift Death Studies needs and thereby serves as a source of knowledge for how death practitioners, death care professionals, students and scholars alike can all better understand deathways of people of color and marginalized groups
Dancing with the Bones: Distanced Grieving
Tools for showing up grounded and calm from Dina Stander
Doorway Into Light By Rev. Bodhi
Be Seeking to re-invent and revolutionize the funeral home and the funeral industry, transforming the “business of dying” and returning it to “sacred service”, bringing forth options for end-of-life care and after-death care that are holistic, environmentally sustainable, community and family based, and spiritually inclusive.
Distance Funerals, Complicated Grief
A webinar hosted by the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
End of Life Collective
The End of Life Collective is a free platform with content, tools, service providers, end of life leaders and a vast array of communities to facilitate conversations and planning for end of life care.
End Well is a platform that brings together thought leaders in design, technology, health, policy, media, education, the arts and patient advocacy to change the way we think about the end of life experience – so that we don’t see it as a medical issue that needs to be solved, but as an essential part of the human experience that deserves our attention and care.
Check out our video content here.
Online and Live End-of-Life Doula Training. 24/7 Access to Doulagivers Invaluable End-of-Life Doula Trainings Programs for Both Professionals and Family Caregivers
Engage with Grace
Engage with Grace is a movement with one goal: to get people thinking and speaking intentionally to their loved ones about what they want their end of life experience to be. With one slide of five questions designed to facilitate the conversation, family members can empower one another with the knowledge of what to do in the event of death or critical illness. The one slide can be downloaded at engagewithgrace.org.
Going with Grace
To relieve the burden created without proper end of life documentation, Going with Grace exists to support people as they answer the question "what must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may die gracefully?" and to support family members in completing the affairs of their loved one's life after a death.
We create comprehensive end of life plans that are suited to an individual’s unique humanhood—a true expression of their life and the experiences they cherish. We also create peace of mind while supporting families as they complete the administrative affairs of recently departed loved one.
The International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing deeper meaning and greater comfort to dying people and loved ones in the last days of life.
Free online memorials and tributes.
Love | Loss | Liminality: Rituals of Honoring for Death & Dying in the Time of COVID-19
Master Life-Cycle Celebrant® Danna Schmidt crafted this grief ritual e-booklet as a creative and practical offering for those holding vigil at a distance during these times.
At Doulagivers Life Cafe people, often strangers, gather and come together to discuss life and how to make it the best it can be for everyone everywhere.
Our objective is to have an inclusive global support for each other at this time based on calm, compassion and kindness. To have education and group discussion 'to increase awareness of what makes a great life, with a view to helping people make the most out of this journey by understanding that we are all connected and in this journey together.
A Life Cafe is a group directed discussion about Life and how to make that the best it can possibly be for people everywhere. By offering free education, tools and a supportive global community, we hope to create an environment of unconditional love and kindness for all.
Life Cafes are always offered:
- On a free basis
- In a non- judge-mental, inclusive, respectful and confidential space
- Everyone is welcome no matter what race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Everyone’s opinions are respected and heard. We are a supportive global inclusive community with the intention of helping to raise the individual and collective consciousness.
Short, focused rituals designed for small groups.
National Funeral Directors Association COVID guide
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Advance Directives
A free resource to download the advance care directive forms by state.
NEDA National End of Life Doula Alliance
The National End-of-Life doula Alliance seeks to inspire positive, creative changes in American death practices by offering the highest competency standards, ethical and practical guidelines, public education, and rich networking opportunities for all end-of-life (EOL) doulas who seek to provide meaningful end of life experiences for the dying, their caregivers, and the agencies involved.
Nurture is a site created by Sierra Campbell, a death doula for more than twenty years. The site offers free resources in advanced care planning, writing a legacy letter, and facilitating virtual funerals.
The most utilized resource on the site is Five Critical Conversations. This free planning course covers Advanced Care Directives, how-to guides for conversations, and much more for those wishing to plan for care at the end. Understanding what to say and NOT to say in the conversation.
Oregon Funeral Resources & Education
A non-commercial website dedicated to making home funeral information easy to find, has created a frequently updated online Pandemic Care Guide. The Pandemic Care Guide assembles articles on death in the time of pandemics and ideas on what to do when a funeral isn't possible, with resources on how to care for the dying, the deceased, and the bereaved in this time; emotional support for grief and trauma; advance directives completion; and FAQs about care for the dead at home and COVID-19. Find it here.
Pandemic Resources for Families Facing End of Life
A compilation from the National Home Funeral Alliance
People’s Memorial Association
While this is a Washington State nonprofit focused on funeral education and advocacy, the website has many resources including funeral and disposition authorization legal forms, information about alternative options, and resources to enable folks to have the conversation with their family and loved ones about their preferences and values at end of life.
Video guidance from Josh Slocum, Funeral Consumers Alliance.
Quality of Life Care
Quality of Life Care empowers and supports the people who tend to our dying loved ones, from families to healthcare professionals. Free resources to accompany through covid-19
The Celebrant Foundation & Institute
The Celebrant Foundation and Institute (CF&I) is a global online institute that has trained and certified nearly 1,500 Life-Cycle Celebrants® worldwide in the art of personalized ritual and ceremony that reflects the needs, beliefs, and values of the people they are honoring.
The funeral celebrants within this network are skilled grief and memorial specialists who are here to assist their cohort in the deathcare collective during the pandemic and afterwards, whether that’s preparing and presiding over graveside services, designing and leading streamed services online, or custom-crafting ceremonies postponed to a later date when loved ones can safely gather and embrace. Visit the CF&I website to find a funeral celebrant in your area.
The Center for Living and Dying
BJ Miller’s organization, the mission is to reclaim illness, disability, and death as natural parts of the human experience. It is a great resource to read and post patient experiences.
The Conversation Project
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. The goal: to make it easier to initiate conversations about how you want to live through the end of life and to encourage people to talk now, and as often as necessary, so that their wishes are known when the time comes.
Too many of our loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain when these conversations don’t happen early. We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people we care about, before it’s too late. The Conversation Project offers tools, guidance, and resources to begin talking with loved ones about your and their wishes. Special guidance and support during the time of COVID-19 can be found here.
Founded by home funeral guide, Sara Williams, to provide education and resources about natural death care and green burial.
Social Embers Digital Legacy Consultancy
A personal bereavement during 2012 led to the foundation of Social Embers in 2014. Sandy Weatherburn, our founder, became interested in the digital aspects of bereavement.
We have evolved over the years and now Social Embers Digital Legacy Consultants offer a comprehensive range of end of life related services for individuals, small businesses, solicitors and hospices.
We train family, professional, and clinical caregivers to develop and apply mindfulness for engaged care.
Alica Forneret is a writer and facilitator creating spaces for people to explore their grief. She is fiercely committed to making sure that we have more conversations about grief, death, and dying - whether that’s at home, at work, or with strangers on the bus.
Alica is a member of the BC Women's Health Foundation’s Young Women's Council, an Associate board member of Our House Grief Center, and hosts Dead Moms Club events in Canada and the US. Alica’s written work has been featured on the pages of popular magazines and books, including (but not limited to) Modern Loss, Grief Dialogues, Vancouver Magazine, Loam, and Kinfolk. And her story and voice have been featured on CTV News, Grief Out Loud, InStyle, and more.
You can find her writing her newsletter The Mourning Herald from coffee shops in Vancouver, running workshops with Reimagine in NYC, and hosting Death Over Dinner events across the United States and Canada.
Allison Gilbert is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on grief and resilience. The author of numerous books including, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, she serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the Advisory Board for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the preeminent national organization providing grief support to families of America’s fallen heroes.
ARCHANGELS is a platform recognizing and honoring caregivers for the critically important work they do caring for a family member or loved one. Because caregivers are often in “survival mode” and unaware of help that is available, ARCHANGELS provides a frequently updated list of state-by-state resources here: archangels.me/resources, as well as a “Library of Care” here: archangels.me/helpful-information which includes links to resources about managing stress and mental health when caring for someone who is very ill.
Claire Bidwell Smith
Claire is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of three books about grief and loss. Her most recent book is Anxiety: The Missing Stage of grief. Claire offers online grief support, courses, meditations and virtual discussions about grief.
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is a texting service for emotional crisis support. To speak with a trained listener, text HELLO to 741741. It is free, available 24/7, and confidential.
Our personalized text messages help you stay connected and supported, as you grieve. Even from a distance. We'll text you resources and tips, all year long, to help you feel less alone. If your friends want to help, but aren't sure how, we'll text them suggestions too.
Grief Dialogues erases the stigma surrounding dying, death, and grief. Using theatre, visual art, film, music, podcasts, poetry, and narrative, Grief Dialogues opens new conversations between grievers, those with terminal or chronic illness, and their health care providers. We believe out of art comes understanding, compassion, and empathy for all involved in grief.
Grief Dialogues created Grief Dialogues Health Care Education (GDHCE), established to create and deliver short plays, for health care providers, followed by a moderated discussion with this audience usually includes CE. GDHCE uses theatre as the artistic expression most likely to reach an audience on a personal level. Theatre is the ultimate empathy generator allowing individuals and society to face the untold, unheard, and often misunderstood tales of life and death.
Good Grief provides free support to children, teens, young adults, and families after the death of a mother, father, sister, or brother through peer support programs, education, and advocacy.
Grief is the Word: A Compendium of Grief Resources
A 21-page resource guide of helpful grief research, literature, media links, and grief quotes (compiled by Danna Schmidt with Waypoint Ceremonies.
HealGrief®, a social support network that is there when everyone else goes away, and the real grieving begins. Everything we do is inspired by our core belief that no one should ever grieve alone. HealGrief® provides the tools and resources to guide one’s journey with grief into a healthy personal growth.
Hope Edelman is the internationally bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, and The Aftergrief. She is a world-renowned expert on early mother loss. Her books have been published in 15 countries and 12 languages and she is a sought-after speaker in the bereavement field.
Through the Motherless Daughters brand she leads retreats, workshops, online courses, virtual support groups, and one-on-one coaching for women who have lost their mothers as well as for any adult bereaved as a child. In 2020 Hope received a Community Educator award from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) for her 25+ years of work with motherless women.
Megan Carmichael works with individuals and businesses to develop tools and share ideas that help people navigate the intersection of death & our daily lives. In addition to writing about the experiencing of parenting through grief & loss, speaking about economic trends within the US deathcare industry and working with various independent business owners operating in the end of life space, she offers advanced planning and at-need funeral arrangements for families along California’s central coast. Megan and her husband own a private cremation garden in the Mojave desert through their company, California Scattering Services.
Psychotherapist Megan Devine believes that making the world a better place starts with acknowledging grief, rather than seeking to overcome it. She advocates for a revolution in how we discuss loss – personally, professionally, and as a wider community.
She runs the Writing Your Grief online community, connecting grieving people all around the world, and provides training resources for professionals and organizations. Megan is the author of the best-selling book, It’s OK that You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief & Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand.
Her best-known work, the animated “how to help a grieving friend” video, distills a complex issue into simple, actionable steps in just over seven (adorable) minutes. Gaining over 35 million views in its first few months, the animation is now used in training programs all around the world. Her latest collaborative project, Speaking Grief, is out in 2020 from PBS.
A website offering candid content, resources and community on loss and grief.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Founded in 1978, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the nation’s largest membership organization for providers and professionals who care for people affected by serious and life-limiting illness. Its broad community of members includes local hospice and palliative care providers, networks serving large regions of the United States, and individual professionals.
Near is a place to connect individuals and families with those offering services and support at the end of life. A community where providers can share their work through detailed listings and users can search by location.
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
The New York Zen Center is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the culture of care through contemplative practice, meeting aging, sickness and death with wisdom and compassion through education, care and Zen practice.
The Zen Center’s offerings are through our three pillars.
- Care: Grief and Bereavement support for individuals and groups, Clinician & Family Support Groups, Contemplative Based Resilience Training for Clinicians & Caregivers, and Community Groups for LGBTQIS, 12 Step meetings, Elder Support, and Community Rituals and Celebrations.
- Education: Medical Education, Foundations in Contemplative Care, Symposium on Palliative and End of Life Care, Certificate in Contemplative Care, ACPE Accredited Chaplaincy Training, and Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling.
- Zen Practice: Practice Periods, Daily Meditation Training, Retreats, and Formal Zen Study
Open to Hope
Open to Hope’s Mission is centered on helping people find hope after loss. OpentoHope’s vision is to provide an online forum to support people who have experienced loss: to help them cope with their pain, heal their grief and invest in their future. OpentoHope.com is an online website where people can share inspirational stories of loss and love. We encourage our visitors to read, listen and share their stories of hope and compassion.
OptionB.Org is dedicated to helping you build resilience in the face of adversity—and giving you the tools to help your family, friends, and community build resilience too. They released a free excerpt from Option B with a new forward about resilience during a crisis - find it at https://optionb.org/bookexcerpt. On their social channels, they are sharing expert advice, including a series of Facebook Lives with thought leaders like Joe Primo (CEO of Good Grief), who discussed grieving and supporting others who are grieving during the pandemic. And their "Option B: Coping with grief" group on Facebook provides a place for you to connect with others who have lost loved ones.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
The Compassionate Friends: Supporting Family After a Child Dies
The mission of The Compassionate Friends: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
The Dinner Party
The Dinner Party is a platform for grieving 20- and 30-somethings to find peer community and build lasting relationships. We screen, train and support a growing network of peer hosts, and connect them to 12-15 people nearby, who share a similar age and loss experience.
THE HUMAN JOURNEY®
THE HUMAN JOURNEY® is a facilitated ritual that addresses anticipatory grief. The experience can be conducted either online or in person, and by either a professional or a volunteer with group facilitation skills.
The purpose of The Human Journey®, which comes in the guise of a board game, is to help families in a way both playful and meaningful to cultivate belonging and to expand members’ ability to make meaning in the face of loss. Family members also build skills in asking each other questions that matter and in listening well to the answers.
In the course of the THJ® experience, participants gather what keeps them together as a family, surface and share in a safe way the spiritual resources they’ve each found helpful in adulthood, and collectively envision a shared future that carves out the ability to see beyond the death of their loved one—so that the death is not the “end of the story.”
Practically, THJ® can be conducted in a single two-hour session or in four parts when participants may not have the concentration to do a lot at once; each of the four parts has a “payoff” so that, even if participants never pick up the next session, they have a positive experience. Conductors can be trained online in two two-hour live webinars. https://www.the-human.journey.com .
The Karuna Project
Claudia Coenen is a thanatologist and certified grief counselor with experience in anticipatory grief, bereavement and vicarious trauma. She develops creative tools to use in grief processing including The Karuna Cards and is the author of Shattered by Grief: Picking up the pieces to become WHOLE again and The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement: A Practitioner’s Guide with 30 activity sheets (release date July 23, 2020). Claudia is in private practice in Hudson, NY and is seeing clients via video from the corner of her sitting room.
The Order of the Good Death
The Order was founded in 2011 by mortician and best-selling author, Caitlin Doughty. This nonprofit organization provides resources, support and information about death and dying through their website, YouTube Series, a podcast, articles and events.
The Order works to protect and inform the public about their rights and choices surrounding death and the law, and seeks to address and support other nonprofits that work to counter the disparities in deaths experienced within marginalized communities. Order director, Sarah Chavez created this Covid-19 Toolkit, which is continuously updated with facts, resources, and support surrounding dying, death, funerals, and grief under Covid-19.
Too Damn Young
A community + resource for teens and young adults who are navigating grief.
What’s Your Grief
To put it simply, this website is about grief. That probably sounds oversimplified, but grief is a complex, heavy, frustrating, scary, enormous…ahem, big topic. It starts with a death and envelopes everyone from family to friends, to friends of family and friends. Not only is grief an emotional, logistical, and existential nightmare, but it is taxing. It requires us to navigate the world without someone important, deal with complex feelings and emotions, and figure out ways to move forward when everything seems kind of bleak.
We are Baltimore-based mental health professionals with 20+ years of experience in grief and bereavement. More importantly, though, we have both experienced the death of a parent and have dealt with life after that loss. Neither of us knew what resources were available to us at the time, and we fumbled through the darkness alone. Later we wondered why should anyone have to feel alone when so many of us have been through grief ourselves? For this reason, we are committed to delve into anything and everything grief-related and to provide a place where people can come to support and be supported.
What I bring to the sacred practice of being an End of Life Doula is a grounded, compassionate presence that is open to the profound mystery of death. Drawing upon my meditation practices, my experience as a sensuality educator, earth-based spirituality, and intensive study in the expressive arts and integral counseling psychology, I will partner with you to create a conscious dying roadmap that will allow you to die pleasurably - on your terms.
https://www.doingdeathdifferently.com - for EOL Doula Training
It’s Not Just Training, It’s Transformation…
Teaching Transitions is creating a new paradigm surrounding the delivery of online hospice training. It’s time to get online.
In the era of web-based “everything”, you might think there are some things that don’t translate well to an online experience, such as online hospice training. In the past, you would have been right. But look again…. The Teaching Transitions’ eLearning platform has radically changed all that. This is online hospice training that deeply informs and inspires the participants, the way live trainings do.
Our hospice training is like no other in the industry. There are no cumbersome DVD’s or recorded PowerPoint slides. Our program offers a 24/7, media-rich, sensory experience, all delivered in the comfort of one’s personal space.
The training includes traditional video learning, experiential exercises, films, music, animations, videos, graphics, music, meditations, links, worksheets, handouts, testing and more.
The best part is—our online hospice training offers maximum flexibility, high learner engagement, optimal trainee follow-though, and the ability to train volunteers, staff AND families.
And…it’s available anytime, anywhere!
We are excited to share the details!
The Grave Woman
Death is inevitable.
I help families to peacefully plan and prepare for the passing of loved ones-
both financially and fundamentally. I specialize in professionally and compassionately creating non-traditional, alternative and creative funeral services, burials and memorialization at the time of need or in advance.
Green Burial Council
This is the place to learn more about green burial and how to find certified cemetery stewards, funeral professionals, and funerary product sellers who share the commitment to create more sustainable after-death options for you, your community, and the planet.
While you are here, we hope that you will choose to join us by becoming a Friend of the GBC. And be sure to let us know how we can best serve you by contacting us with suggestions, questions, and comments.
National Home Funeral Alliance
The National Home Funeral Alliance educates families and communities to care for their own loved ones after death.
We have to meet this moment. We will be closing this summit with a call to action.
What do we need to do to create a world in which each and every person is equal?
Here are some wonderful resources to support and educate ourselves so that we may live in a world that is inclusive, just, supportive and loving for every single human being.
What do we need to do to create a world in which each and every person is equal?
Black Lives Matter
Eradicating white supremacy and building local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities
Identifying effective solutions to end police violence, providing technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns, and supporting the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
Black Visions Collective
Healing and transformative justice for black people across Minnesota.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice.
Color of Change
Designing campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Providing support to all civil causes and leading the charge in partnership with Black Lives Matter, to find justice for blacks nationwide
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Providing support to all civil causes and leading the charge in partnership with Black Lives Matter, to find justice for blacks nationwide
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
- For more suggestions, check out this list.
Ways to create change in your life now
- Educate yourself through the resources listed above (and more!).
- Check in with Black friends, family and colleagues to send them love and solidarity without the expectation that they provide education about race.
- Talk to kids about race, racism, and white supremacy. Regularly expose them to stories and images where people of color are represented respectfully and where our country’s history is accurately depicted.
- Support candidates of color in upcoming elections wherever possible.
Support local and national Black owned businesses.
- Donate to and volunteer with the organizations listed above (and others).