For: Professional Body Workers with hospice, geriatric, or oncology experience, Hospice Care Providers hospice volunteers, persons expecting to care for a loved one at the end of life.

Objectives: upon completing this module participants will be able to:

• Identify current emotional impact regarding personal history involving death and dying

• Implement personal coping strategies for the emotional impact of working with dying persons

• Demonstrate greater emotional inelegance in working with dying persons

• Identify personal unfinished business that interferes with their professional practice


Teaching Methods

Teaching methods utilized in this module include storytelling, meditation, group sharing, discussion, written work, personal reflection, ceremony, and grounding exercises



Session 1

Participants come into this day with a written summary of their own personal death awareness, and an object to share that symbolizes something or someone they want to honor. Stories of experiences with dying persons are shared and participants refer to their Personal Death Awareness forms. Each person has a designated uninterrupted amount of time to share about their process with the form followed by a group discussion and debriefing.


Session 2

Participants come into this session with an identified piece of personal unfinished business they want to work with in a ceremonial form of letting go. After a designated amount of time to work with their ceremony in their personal space participants come back together as a group and each person shares their ceremony and process with the group. A discussion of strategies for coping with the emotional impact of working with the dying is presented in both lecture and discussion format. The day ends with debriefing and re-entry guidelines.


This training constitutes 6 contact hours – both sessions must be attended.

Dates: 2021 dates to be announced

Times: 2-5:30pm Pacific Time each day

Fee: $125.00

This course constitutes 6 CE hours.

NCBTMB Approved: Irene Smith is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider #1167.

The completion of this course provides for 6 CE hours


Participants will be mailed a zoom login link after registration.


Cancellation Policy: All deposits are transferable to another course date for up to 1 year from original course date. A $20.00 processing fee is deducted from the original deposit. No portion of the deposit is refundable after 2 weeks prior to course date.


My house is a temple because you have walked through it.
My heart is wide because you have loved me
My face is unfurled because I can see you

My eyes are lowered because your light is so bright
And candles burn as only dim reflections of your spirit

Rose petals drift to the floor in honor of your passing
and the scent of rosemary drifts through the air

Our lifetimes together become clear
As our need for mercy unfolds.

This can not be buried
This transcends all reason
There is no way out of this awakening!!

Ritual 1999, a poem by Irene Smith


I cannot say enough positive words about this course. Irene was authentic, professional, and motivational. The content directly correlated to the self-care of a caregiver, especially in the hospice massage profession. She made a virtual, online class feel as though we were all in a circle connecting and learning from one another. Additional resources and reading materials were also provided. I would say there was more takeaway from this course than any other I have ever taken. Highly recommend! — Kristin Steele LMT


Irene was exceptional. The class was very informative and helpful. — Kandi Promisson MST


I can see why this course might be better in person as there were instances where hugs may have been needed. Very emotional. — Eddi Perlis LMT