The Elements of Ceremony

End of Life Ritual Training

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This is a 6 week pre-recorded course for anyone interested in learning more about universal rituals and bringing ceremony into death, dying, and grief experiences. 

Course Overview

This course is open to anyone who is curious about end of life care and rituals that support death, dying, and grief. Each week, you’ll explore your relationship with a different element and how it can inspire your ritual practice. We’ll share universal, nature-inspired rituals that span the end of life cycle, from terminal diagnosis to death anniversaries, and help you create your own self care ceremonies. 

We’ll provide you with an inclusive, accessible framework to draw from, and inspire you to create secular or universal ceremonies for yourself and for others. You can unpack your preconceived notions surrounding ceremony & ritual, learn about cultural appropriation versus appreciation, and hear stories from each of us surrounding end of life experiences.

Pre-Recorded Course

Live Gatherings

  • The live virtual gatherings are pre-recorded for you to watch on your own time. We invite you to take time during the breakout sessions to reflect on the questions posed and perform the rituals in your own space.

Recorded Lessons

  • Every lesson has been pre-recorded for your convenience, so you can watch it on your own time. We also include class notes, an integration worksheet, and resources to download. 

Sessions

Session 1: Introduction

Acknowledging our complicated relationship with ritual and how to create universal ceremony.

Session 2: Earth

Exploring rituals that ground and calm us, with a focus on terminal diagnosis.

Session 3: Water

Exploring rituals that open and connect us, with a focus on the days leading up to death.

Session 4: Fire

Exploring rituals that release and transform us, with a focus on caring for a body after death.

Session 5: Air

Exploring rituals that purify and move us, with a focus on memorials and bereavement.

Session 6: Ether

Exploring rituals that expand and create us, with a focus on death anniversaries and legacy.

Session Format

Over 12 hours of content, including pre-recorded lessons and virtual gatherings to watch on your own time. There is a Certificate of Completion once you have completed the course and one month free use of our ‘Create Your Own Ceremony’ App (as requested and with conditions). 

We have designed a virtual classroom for you to access all videos and download course materials and resources, as well as a Community Forum for group participation. The live gatherings were part of our Fall 2021 course but are available for any student to watch, with a combination of solo, partner, and group rituals. If you have any technical limitations, please reach out.

Investment

$250 USD

  • 12+ hours of content incl:
  • 6 recorded lessons
  • 6 recorded live gatherings
  • Class notes & worksheets
  • Resources to download
  • Community Forum 
  • A Certificate of Completion 
  • One month free App

Commitment

As white, cis-gendered settlers teaching about ceremony and ritual, we acknowledge the harm that’s been done to Indigenous communities around the world. We commit to unlearning and relearning how to be in right relationship with ceremony.

We cannot teach about this work without addressing the complicated and harmful history connected with ritual and ceremony. 

Action

We offer limited scholarships for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, and subsidies for anyone requesting financial support. Please reach out to see what we have available at your time of interest.

We donate 5% of the proceeds from this course to the Legacy of Hope, a Canadian, Indigenous-led charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada since 1998.

Megan Sheldon

Megan is a Celebrant, Cultural Mythologist, and End of Life Storyteller. She's been crafting and convening ceremonies across the life cycle for years, and continues to explore the evolving nature of ritual.

Kate Love

Kate is a Life & Loss Coach, with a focus on grief and legacy rituals. With a background in social work, she is passionate about supporting people to avoid burnout by carving out time for self care rituals.

Tracy Chalmers

Tracy is an End of Life Doula, supporting individuals and families with dying, death, and grief. Tracy also facilitates the End of Life Doula Program at Douglas College and was a founding director of EOLDAC.

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