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Event Details - Melbourne Deathwalker Training

Title: Melbourne Deathwalker Training
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:


to provide educational and experiential training on the elements and the processes involved in the role of a Deathwalker, in order to assist participants to empower themselves or others to have the best experience they can in dying, death, ceremony and bereavement.

·      Wake up each persons inherent capacity to do death well

·      become more familiar with all aspects of the continual care role of a Deathwalker, including doula work

·      understand the stages involved in the continuum of illness, dying, death, after-death care, body disposal, ceremony, loss & bereavement.

·      understand the benefits of preparation of legal paperwork involved before and after death

·      been introduced to communication and consulting with the dying person and the bereaved

·      prepare and draft a funeral consultation document

·      understand options for disposal of the body

·      understand the structure and content for a death ceremony as a Rite of Passage

·      become more familiar with loss and bereavement

Course / Workshop Outline:

Each session is 3 hours long, with a 20 minute break

Exploring & Embracing Death

Preparation & Advocacy
Caring for & being with the Dying ( Doula work)
Funeral Arrangements & D.I.Y

Ceremony, Ritual & Rite of Passage,  
Bereavement, Loss & Growth

OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:


1.   Exploring and Embracing Death:  

Welcome, introductions and overview.

Possibilities: Personal, partner, parent, child, friend experiences.

Discussing beliefs, myths, transformation, spiritual awareness.

Love, acceptance, fear, intuition, deep knowing, relationships.


Awakening our innate capabilities and cultivating presence.

Strengthening our understanding and coming to an easier relationship with death.

Familiarity, coping, acceptance and embracing death.


2.   Preparation and Advocacy:

Planning and decisions.

Options and considerations.

Legal, Love and Legacy documents

Understanding the value and need for preparation.

Familiarity with the process, roles and services involved

Advocating for others. 


3. Caring for and being with the Dying (Doula work) :   

Cultivating presence, neutrality and compassion.

Communication & documents.

Developing ability to be with any situation.

Being with someone who is dying

Working with families, carers and other service providers as a team.

Caring for the body before and after death
Understanding the legalities, process, roles and services involved.


4.   Arrangements & Funeral      

Considerations and options.

Being with, assisting and guiding the bereaved family.
Dealing with sudden death or when someone ends their own life.
Understanding the process of ceremony and disposal.

(Aust. Legal paperwork and facilitating the arrangements)

Work with other service providers as a team.


Rite of Passage, Ceremony, Ritual 

Options and timing of different types of ceremony.

Understanding role of the Celebrant.

Considerations, creation, content and structure of ceremony.

Guide and assist participation of family.
Draft and deliver a meaningful and appropriate ceremony.

Work with all the service providers as a team.


6.   Bereavement. Loss and Growth

Understanding and exploring the spectrum of responses to loss,

Sadness, grief and joy.

Being with your own and others loss.

Coping personally & professionally.


Start/End Date: 12/07/2019 to 14/07/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Zenith Virago
Contact Name: Zenith Virago
Contact Phone: 0427924310
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Para Legal, Civil Marriage Celebrant

Founder & EO of the Natural Death Care Centre

Over 25 years of working with dying people and the bereaved, at the bedside, the kitchen table and the ceremony itself.

International speaker, educator and Trainer

Co-Author of The Intimacy of Death & Dying

Address: The Michael Centre
Address 2: 37a Wellington Parade
Suburb: Warranwood,
State: VIC
Postcode: 2483
Parking: Free
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? No
If yes, what meals?
Registration URL:
Cost ($): 795
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

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