It is important to note that both dying wishes and funeral wishes are very much “living documents” and subject to change as life moves on.
The subject of death will be handled with sensitivity and tenderness, but it will also be held positively – allowing you to have a greater sense of confidence in your life and how you choose to live it.
It is intended that you will find the sessions inspiring and stimulating, and that you will be able to move forward in your life with a clearer idea of your values and wishes, and greater sense of fulfilment, meaning and purpose.
This course is also suitable for people who are supporting loved ones on their journey with dying, or who anticipate they might be called upon to support people in the future. If you feel this might be a difficult or sensitive subject for you, you may wish to have extra emotional support in place – please discuss with Bryony if this is a concern.
Participants will gain clarity and understanding about their relationship with death and dying. They will have opportunity to explore their hopes, fears and beliefs on this subject – and look clearly at where they find meaning in life. Participants will begin to lay the foundations for a “good death,” and have a clear sense of a holistic plan for their dying or last wishes. They will also begin a document for their funeral wishes. It is important to note that both dying wishes and funeral wishes are very much “living documents” and subject to change as life moves on.
The subject of death will be handled with sensitivity and tenderness, but it will also be held positively – allowing participants to have a greater sense of confidence in their life and how they choose to live it. It is intended that participants will find the sessions inspiring and stimulating, and that they will be able to move forward in their lives with a clearer idea of their values and wishes, and greater sense of fulfilment, meaning and purpose.
Bryony moved to Portsmouth in 2018, and since then has been growing her work to serve her local community, as well as volunteering for her local hospice, and the mental health charity, Dare2Express. Earlier this year, she launched Southsea Death Café online, which has been well-attended by people locally, and from further afield.
Prior to this, Bryony worked as a Hospice Chaplain in Surrey, journeying alongside people through life and loss in its many forms. It was through her work in hospice and care homes, and her experiences as a funeral celebrant, that Bryony recognised the need to challenge our cultural taboos around death, dying and grief.
Bryony has a diverse range of experience, combining the skills of a minister, celebrant, counsellor, group facilitator and doula, with a specialist knowledge of spirituality, mental health, and end-of-life care. Her workshops draw these elements together – weaving ritual, meditation, embodied practice, and heart enquiry into a rich tapestry that nourishes our innate wisdom and give expression to our deepest self.
Bryony’s passions in life nourish her soul and inspire her work – these include wild swimming; adventuring on foot or by bike with her family; ecstatic dance; and intuitive painting. Bryony lives from a deep certainty that life is wild and precious, and through her ‘Soul Work’ seeks to help people connect to that which is most authentic, meaningful and sacred to them.
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