What is the Deathwalker Training

Our definition of a Deathwalker is:-
• a person who walks their own journey towards their death as openly, courageously and as best they can.
• a person who walks with, or accompanies someone else in their death journey,
i.e. the dying person, family or friends.
Offering guidance and care to inform, empower and enable them to be as open, courageous and the best they can.

Death is the natural and sacred end of life – one certainty that every human being will experience, yet something we are often unfamiliar with. A Deathwalker is someone who can accompany the dying person and the bereaved through their journey.

The Training is over 3 days and covers the whole spectrum including illness, dying & death, sudden death, body care, disposal, ceremony into bereavement and loss. A hybrid of old and new ways of being present, real and beneficial at a challenging time.

Available and appropriate for everyone – for your own personal journey, a family member or friend, to increase professional skills or if you feel you have a calling to some or all aspects of this work.

By nurturing, enhancing and strengthening your inherent capacity and gaining legal and practical knowledge and skills, any concerns or fears can be transformed. This allows you and others to make preferred and informed choices during the various stages of the death and dying process.

Zenith Virago is a leader in this field and has pioneered the concept of empowered continual care at end of life. As a professional Deathwalker for over 20 years, she brings integrity, experience and wisdom. The NDCC is a registered charity and works for education, authenticity and empowerment in death, dying and loss.

The Deathwalker Training includes:

  • 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

Everyone has the capacity and courage to do death well. Each of us bring our own rich life experience and this training honours and builds on the awareness and strength that we are all intrinsically have to do this work for ourselves and others.

1. Exploring and Embracing Death:

  • Welcome, introductions and overview.
  • Possibilities: Personal, partner, parent, child, friend experiences.
  • Discussing beliefs, myths, transformation, spiritual awareness.
  • Love, fears, intuition, deep knowing, relationships.
  • Communication.
  • Awakening our innate capabilities and cultivating presence.
  • Strengthening our understanding and coming to an easier acceptance of death.
  • Familiarity, coping, acceptance and embracing death.

2. Preparation and Advocacy:

  • Planning and decisions.
  • Options and considerations.
  • Legal 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 and compassion.
  • Communication, documents.
  • Developing ability to be with any situation.
  • Being with someone who is dying
  • Working with families and carers
  • Caring for the body before and after death
  • Understanding the process, roles and services involved.

4. DIY Arrangements & Funeral Considerations and options:

  • Legal paperwork for DIY.
  • Being with, assisting and guiding the bereaved family.
  • Dealing with sudden death or when someone ends their own life.
  • Understanding the process.
  • Legal paperwork and facilitating the arrangements.
  • Work with other service providers.

5. Rite of Passage, Ceremony, Ritual:

  • Options of different 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.

6. Bereavement, loss & growth:

  • Understanding and exploring loss, sadness, grief and joy.
  • Being with your own and others loss.
  • Coping as a professional.