Making Sense of Life & Death

How to Give The Best Care To Others

My name is Christa Ovenell, and since 2018 I’ve been a funeral director by trade, an end-of-life doula and a licensed Willow EOL Educator™. And like many of you, I’m a caregiver. On November 23, 2021, one day after I had given my notice at a safe, secure, and mostly happy job so that I could finally pursue my goal of becoming a leader in the death-education field, I got a call I had been dreading for a few years. My mother had fallen. She was being transported to the hospital by ambulance.

I want to tell you how having already explored the reality of my own mortality was a huge help in me caring for my mom over the last 6 weeks.

3 Questions to Get You Grounded in the New Year

We never imagined that we would be starting the new year with new health and safety concerns and even more social restrictions. As unpredictability becomes the new normal, now more than ever, it is important to align our actions with what we value the most.

Take a Moment To Listen (Plus an Invite + Holiday Hours)

If you’ve ever contemplated your own mortality, or accompanied others in doing so … If you’ve ever yearned to squeeze the most out of your life or perhaps the most out of the remainder of this year … In these strange days of seasonal activities amid devastation and fear, when there is joy and generosity alongside sorrow, hardship and isolation, we invite you to create some quiet to listen.

4 legacy questions that will crack you wide open

4 Legacy Questions That Will Crack You Wide Open

The Glasgow Climate Change Conference just ended in disappointment for many, particularly those who are the most vulnerable, and for the young people in our world, who’ll be living with the consequences of the decisions for the longest.

Why Join the Willow EOL Educator™ Program?

We are delighted to announce that the Willow EOL Educator™ Program is now available! When we formed Willow in 2015, we knew we wanted to do more than be of service as 1:1 end-of-life-planning coaches or small-group facilitators. We knew that our calling was to empower other passionate educators to use the innovative EOL education tools and products we created. The Willow EOL Educator™ Program is the five-years-in-the-making solution to our quest to do more.

Create the Change that Matters

So much of our work is about helping people be aware—or conscious—of what really matters to them. Sometimes, what’s very important to people sits just below the surface, and sometimes it lies much deeper. But what’s clear is that a plethora of distractions prevent us from knowing what truly lights us up or from taking action on what makes us feel most alive.

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2 Ways to Learn About Willow & Heart-Centered EOL Planning

Before we created Willow, we each spent decades immersed in personal and community development work. We’ve been friends for over 20 years and we would often meet to talk about creative ways to affect positive, transformative change between, among and for people, communities and the planet.

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What the “F” is doing in end-of-life planning and 3 steps to get unstuck

If you haven’t started or completed your end-of-life planning, it’s probably because you’re stuck. And to get unstuck, you need to do the foundational work first! One thing that sets Willow’s Reality of Our Mortality™ Planning Checklist, apart from many other lists is the focus on the “F” word: Foundation.

Willow Workshops for you in August and September

Willow Workshops for you in August and September

We’ve been getting many requests lately from readers like you about how to attend a Willow Workshop™. As you may already know, we created the Willow EOL Educator Program™ precisely so that people around the world can attend a variety of heart-centered, inquiry-based workshops that explore the reality or our mortality.