Making Sense of Life & Death

Death is the one thing in life we’re most certain of, yet most people would do anything to avoid talking or even thinking about it. For most of us, it takes death itself—whether recent or impending—to prompt us to bravely consider the reality of our mortality.

People in their dying days often speak of experiencing enormous growth and transformation. Dying can be a time of truth seeking and risk taking. Many have observed that in the face of death, people tend to focus on what gives (or has given) their life meaning.

Perhaps you’ve experienced something similar around a health crisis or the death of someone you knew. The truth is, you don’t need to wait until someone dies or you’re faced with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness to experience these benefits.

Your mortality is an opportunity in disguise.

Many of us know the benefits of preparing for our one-day, some-day death. But sometimes it’s hard to get started. All this planning-ahead business feels overwhelming and fragmented. Or perhaps some basic planning pieces are in place but it feels like who you are isn’t showing up in your planning documents.

Making sense of life and death before making practical arrangements helps ensure that your end-of-life planning reflects your values and priorities. Whether you have days or decades left to live, we believe that thinking about and preparing for your death will inspire you to live your best life now.

What are your hopes and fears around your inevitable death?

This self-guided program will help you base your planning on your values and priorities and lay the groundwork for you to be as prepared as is possible for the inevitable. Focused around the digital, fillable workbook, the program, pulls together our favourite and most effective self-reflection exercises from the workshops and coaching we’ve done for the past few years. This program offers additional tools including:

  • nine videos with Reena and Michelle walking you through the workbook exercises and accompanying you with examples, stories and additional tips and resources,
  • a community forum, and
  • seven bonus items that provide additional inspiration and clarity.

This 52-page, print or fillable digital workbook pulls together our favourite and most effective self-reflection exercises from the workshops and coaching we’ve done. It will help you base your planning on your values and priorities and lay the groundwork for you to be as prepared as possible for the inevitable. Whether you have days or decades left to live, thinking about and preparing for your someday, one-day death will inspire you to live your best life now.

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There’s a lot of talk these days about the importance of preparing for your someday, one-day inevitable death, while you’re still healthy enough to do that. Whether you’re thinking about your own end-of-life planning or the death of someone in your life, it really helps to talk about it first!

For guidance on how to have successful EOL planning conversations, use this 8-page, fillable tool to set your intention, identify your concerns, create context and explain the importance of your conversation and finally, reflect.

Willow’s Reality of Our Mortality Planning Checklist will help you explore pragmatic end-of-life planning as a heart-centred and holistic practice. The topics on the list move beyond the purely pragmatic to include self-reflection, relationships and the interconnected nature of life and death.

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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.

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Making Sense of Life & Death
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