What We Do

Since 1996, Sacred Dying has led the field in spiritual and religious care for the dying. We offer vigil training, teaching, and consulting around the world, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US. In addition, we are able to offer counseling internationally, and vigiling within the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our priority and focus will always be those who are dying, but now is the time to expand our work to programs. It takes a village to care for the dying, and we want to equip faith communities, hospices, hospitals, nursing homes, and all the places where our dying need us to vigil with them. Join us.

 

Vigil Training

Sacred Dying trainers come to your hospice, hospital, church or temple, to help set up the Sacred Dying Vigil Program. We will train your volunteers and assist you in making this program just right for your community.

Teaching

Sacred Dying staff are experts in End of Life issues. We speak at conferences, lead workshops, teach courses at universities and colleges, preach in congregations, and offer keynote addresses. 

CONSULTING

Organizations often need information before they decide to bring the Vigil Program to their community. Sacred Dying is available for consultations, either in person or via phone or Skype. 


Counseling

People at the end of life - or their loved ones - deserve an opportunity to ask questions and express their concerns. Sacred Dying offers one-on-one counseling sessions, via phone or Skype, for short periods of time. 

VIGILING

While most of our work is concentrated in teaching others how to vigil, there are times when our staff and advisors are asked to vigil with people in the San Francisco Bay Area who are in need.  

 


Megory Anderson wants to challenge this notion: death is a process, she argues, something that all humans must do. The unfortunate reality, however, is that the meaning which is a natural part of this final passage is rarely acknowledged in a communal way. When death comes in some impersonal hospital room amidst the beeps and drones of so much life support equipment, we are prevented from doing it well.

Anderson’s work is significant in that it recognizes death not as the final foe to be resisted at all costs but as the friend who can come with an assuring word of grace. It also helps us to see that there is an art to dying, and it is not something that can be accomplished apart from community. Anderson’s personal reflections on the rituals she has facilitated over the years leaves readers with a great respect for both her intuitive insight and her fortitude in exploring what are essentially uncharted spiritual waters.
— Church Health Reader