“I took this workshop two years ago.
I was able to complete my Personal Directive by deeply considering all the aspects of my personal care should I not be able to express them myself. As well, I was able to provide my Delegate with very detailed instructions that went far beyond what is required by the Personal Directive of Nova Scotia and met with her to review these instructions
The yellow Death Matters folder on my desk (and on Google Drive) also includes a hand-off memo with everything needed to close down my personal and business life, as well as documents such as contacts and tasks I wish to complete before I die. The templates, instructions and discussions were invaluable in completing these documents.
The Way to Go workshop and further discussions with the facilitators also helped me decide what to do with my former body upon death.
The workshop was, and continues to be, invaluable in planning for the realities of this life and death. If you do not do this, you are placing a great burden on those left behind to clean up what was your life.”
Shastri Alice Hasprey:
“I invite your participation in a workshop called Death Matters–planning together for end of life. I just attended a short introductory meeting with Deborah Luscomb and Dawn Carson who are the facilitators for this workshop. They are amazing! Knowledgeable, compassionate, intensely practical, and cheerful, Deborah and Dawn are committed to assisting all of us navigate this end of life passage.”
“During the Death Matters classes I felt welcomed and supported throughout. Somehow at each meeting, you and Deborah managed to give plenty of time for all of us to comment on the previous meeting and our experience between meetings, review the material and give us new very helpful relevant information. Some of that was accomplished by the completeness of the handouts that you gave us along with the same information in email, so that we could see it and keep it according to preference. I was surprised personally by how much emotion was stirred up. I came into it feeling pretty confident—my husband and I have wills, powers of attorney and executors signed and sent to family members. I discovered things that we have not done and need to do. The meetings made me aware of my nervousness and avoidance about the whole realm of dying and death, that I carry!”
Thank you for your work,
Nancy McKinnel~ Halifax:
“I so enjoyed the Death Matters sessions, and found the conversations and work provocative, inspiring and informational. We have continued to chat about our dying and death plans, and to engage others in the conversations as well. Such fun! And such important work.”
Karen Wyatt M.D.
“I’m very impressed with what you’re offering. We need workshops like (Death Matters) everywhere and I commend you for putting it together.”
Catherine ~ Jollimore :
Attending the workshop helped me to focus in on the elements that deserve attention when considering my inevitable, but hopefully not imminent, demise. I still have work to complete, but now know how to go about it. Participating as part of a group was a rich experience, as conversations uncovered a broad range of experience and brought up issues that I had not considered.
Deborah helped me with this process recently. She is a treasure of resources and guidance. It seems too touchy, insurmountable details, overwhelming.
Deborah is able to simplify, clarify and guide so skillfully and kindly that taken in her step-by-step approach, you get exactly what you need and want.
It took a big weight off me to have worked out everything. It simply wouldn’t have happened without her help.
I thoroughly and wholeheartedly recommend everyone do this – a true Right of Passage to understand the preciousness of Life, compassion for your family and maitri for yourself when the time comes.
It’s also kind of fun in a surreal way to plan some of those details – like music to play and your post-passing reception!