May 02 - 23 2023


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gentle Crossings – A Good Death

Woody Allen says, “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens!” That pretty much sums up how many of us feel about death, whether we’re considering our own end-of-life or that of someone we love. Unfortunately, that “head buried in the sand” approach only feeds into questions and fears about death.

Sooner or later on our earthly journey, we must deal with death – the death of someone we love and eventually our own departure from this world. The old adage “no one gets out of here alive” certainly applies. Opening ourselves to the pain of death, our own or that of someone we love, is one of the most mysterious blessings of life. Nothing focuses us more clearly on what really matters. Nothing helps us drop our defenses more quickly or gives us more compassion for human suffering.

This workshop is about bringing insight and understanding to the subject. In a safe and supportive environment we’ll explore our beliefs, fears and questions about dying. We’ll learn how to be there for a loved one as they leave their earthly bodies. We’ll consider the question “how can I prepare for my own death?” as well as what’s next after life on earth.

Death isn’t nearly so scary once we’ve unwrapped the topic, explored our thoughts and discussed the subject openly. Join us for an enlightening experience to die for!

Workshop Overview:
• Week 1 – Why are we afraid of death?
     o Exploring and discussing questions, concerns and fears we may have about dying and death. Where did those fears originate? Are they valid? How can we resolve them?
• Week 2 – Death is easy. Dying is the hard part.
     o We’ll look at the dying process and talk about life after death
• Week 3 – How to be there for a loved one
     o Insights; practical & spiritual suggestions
     o Grieving – facilitated by Certified Grief Coach and Coach teacher Pat Sheveland, RN
• Week 4 – Preparing for your own death
     o Living fully and consciously, dying gracefully
     o While getting one’s affairs in order will be mentioned, this is the work of an attorney and is not explored in any depth in this workshop.

Facilitator: Rev Laurie Brandt
Rev. Laurie Brandt, MA, LUT, CHTP, CMT
An avid Unity student since 1986, Rev. Laurie is a Licensed Unity Teacher and has served Unity Churches in leadership and healer capacities since 1989. She was ordained Minister of Healing in 2000 and has been honored to serve as spiritual leader from 2005 through 2019. Now semi-retired, Rev. Laurie speaks at various Unity churches and offers classes and workshops as Spirit guides her.

Rev. Laurie’s background includes undergraduate studies in business and administration, and over 20 years utilizing those skills in various corporate settings. A mid-life calling shifted her work to facilitating healing of body, mind and spirit through holistic physical and energetic methods and through teaching spiritual truth. Her credentials include ordination as Minister of Healing, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, licensed Master Aesthetician, Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, and Licensed Unity Teacher. Laurie and her husband Lee live in Savage with Siena (Cece) the rescue cat. Now semi-retired, they enjoy golf, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and traveling.

Cost: $100

Registration Required