Week 1: Making Sense of Life and Death
Wake-up before your time’s up! We introduce the checklist and begin exploring who and what matter most as we contemplate the reality of our mortality. Take stock of where you’re at with your planning and your current level of satisfaction with what you have or haven’t accomplished.
Week 2: Legacy, Love Letters and Heart Wills
Legacy in our view is the individual and collective impact we have on our world and all that’s in it. Using creative and interactive exercises, reflect on your life and your legacy and begin to write lasting messages for those you love and future generations.
Week 3: Legacy, Love Letters and Heart Will (Continued)
We explore how reflecting on our life and relationships enriches and energizes us to live fully now. We discuss how writing Love Letters and a Heart Will can inspire us to make shifts in the way we live and how we’re remembered.
Week 4: Making Choices
The main questions we delve into this session include: What’s stopping you from starting or completing your planning? What’s important to you about your financial and legal authority, your health and personal care wishes? How can you integrate your values into your planning?
Week 5: Departure Directions
We investigate five core factors, including ecological and social impact, that influence our choices for how we’re cared for after we die. Identify goodbye rituals and ceremonies that align with your values and your sense of how to support your people after your death.
Week 6: Departure Directions and Clearing the Way
Begin to craft your personal set of instructions or guidelines—determined by your values, beliefs and priorities—for how you wish to be laid to rest and remembered. We ponder how else to clear the way and make shifts in the way we live and how we’re remembered.
For certificate students only:
Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”
Textbooks and learning materials
Reading material (if applicable) will be available in class. Some course materials may be available online.