Departure Directions

FREE workshop series beginning August 14th in Vancouver

When: Monday mornings August 14th, August 21at and August 28th 2017 from 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Where: Celebration Hall at the Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC

REGISTER by contacting us to let us know you plan to come.

We strongly encourage you to attend all three sessions, and if you only can attend one or two, you’ll still get something from it.


Sadly, death can tear families apart because people who love each other don’t know how to talk about their inevitable death, how they’re feeling or what’s going to happen to them. Maybe you’ve experienced the overwhelm and frustration of arranging a good-bye ritual for someone who didn’t leave any directions. You’ve struggled with trying to honour what you think are their wishes and meet the needs of those left behind, including you.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Departure Directions is for you if:

  • You’re nervous about what will happen to you if you don’t articulate your wishes for how you’re cared for after you die.
  • You’re eager to learn how to green your death.
  • You’re curious about different cultural and community traditions around death and dying.
  • You draw a blank when you try to imagine meaningful good-bye rituals and ceremonies.
  • You wonder about the value of any type of ritual at all, especially given the trend to “no service by request.”
  • You don’t know how to choose between the options that are available to you.
  • You want to wake up from your mythical “trance” that you will live forever.
  • You want to talk openly and compassionately about what your inevitable death and dying mean to you.
  • You want to feel more at peace with death, and more comfortable around death and dying.


Death is the one certainty in life, yet we live our lives doing our best not to talk about it.


Over a series of three, FREE sessions, you will:

  • Identify your core values and explore your relationship with death.
  • Discover the factors that influence your decision making for how you’ll be cared for before and after you die, including ecological + social impact.
  • Identify good-bye rituals and ceremonies that align with your values and your sense of what your loved ones will need.
  • Begin to craft your personal set of Departure Directions to outline how you wish you’ll be laid to rest and remembered.

Pair sharing, group discussion, journaling and more will be used to facilitate your learning. Our sessions are interactive and engaging.


Spark your imagination

We guarantee that your time with us will nurture your passion for life and enhance your awareness about what matters most to you. You’ll discover what you didn’t know you didn’t know about expressing your essence now and at the very end of your life, whenever that might be.

If you’re ready in your heart to take charge of your life by taking charge of your death, REGISTER by contacting us and/or sign up for our list so you’ll be in the know about our next offerings.



Anita said, “Departure Directions … gave me an appreciation for life, making me more aware of living in the present and cultivating gratitude for the profound beauty of the world around me. I now have less fear of death and was able to over come a years-long block about writing my will.”
Jerry said, “I had projected a certain image of what would happen after I die, and this circle opened up a whole landslide of new possibilities. I am actually getting excited about doing all of this stuff. That was pretty incredible.”
Helena said, “I was confused, in denial and had a lot of anxiety about death. In the Departure Directions circle, Reena and Michelle brought out the best of what I am now and what I would like to be after I die. They dealt not only with our hearts but also the health of the planet.”

Michelle Pante is a licensed funeral director in the Province of BC and was involved with the founding of the Green Burial Society of Canada. Reena Lazar is a graduate of the BEyond Yonder Virtual School for Community Deathcaring in Canada and founder and former Executive Director of an award-winning, peace-building organization. Read more about us here.

These 7.5 hours of learning will result in you being better prepared to plan ahead for your own “good-bye rituals” or make arrangements for someone you care about.

We encourage you to come to all three sessions and you’re welcome to come only once or twice if that’s what works for you.


Michelle + Reena

With extensive training in deathcare—Michelle as a funeral director and hospice volunteer and Reena as a facilitator and all aspects of community deathcaring—we share a passion for using the conversation around death as a pathway to growth and healing for individuals, communities and the planet.

Our support integrates your emotions and your intellect, honours your body and your spirit, and is always mindful that your choices have economic and environmental implications.

Get the guide: write your Heart Will

A deeply transformative and powerful tool to help you reflect on your life, and create lasting messages for those you love.