Loving, Dying, and Letting Go

What does it mean to love?
What does it mean to die?
And how can we let go? 


These three questions form the basis of the 5-hour Loving, Dying, and Letting Go course originally designed by Institute founder Amy Wright Glenn and now taught by Loving, Dying, and Letting Go certified Institute Teachers.

In this workshop, participants are asked to engage in deep personal reflection on three key themes/ areas of inquiry. These themes are: What does it means to love? What does it mean to die, and What does it mean to let go? Participants are encouraged to work with the energy of fear, transform the energies of hurt, and move forward in loving, dying, and letting go with great courage.

All participants are required to read Holding Space  so they can more deeply apply the questions outlined above to their own life journeys. To receive a certificate of completion, participants must successfully complete the 5-hour workshop.

Three Key Themes

What does it mean to love? How is attachment formed? What are the various types of love known in human experience? How do you love? Who do you love?

What does it mean to die? How do various world traditions approach the topic of dying? When have you known death? What are your hopes and fears?

What does it mean to let go? What does it mean to hold space for loss? How do you work with the energies of fear? How can we embody healthy attachment and reconciliation to loss? What do we hold on to as we let go? 

Loving, Dying, and Letting Go
5-hour Online Workshop
$90 USD
*Scholarships available

This 5-hour workshop is based upon Amy Wright Glenn’s book Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go ~ published by Parallax Press. The workshop is taught both in-person and online. Please note participants register individually with the teacher that is teaching their chosen workshop based upon the calendar below.

*Currently, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the course is taught online only by Institute teachers in accordance to the calendar listed below.

November 2021

November 29 & December 6  ~ Join Institute teacher Jessica Kilbourn, for a 5-hour, online Loving, Dying, and Letting Go workshop. The five-hour course will be offered in two sections from 6:30 to 9:00pm EST.
Watch Jessica describe her work in teaching this course here.
To register, contact Jessica: jkilbourn@emich.edu




Jessica Rae Kilbourn holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies in Women’s Studies (now Women’s and Gender Studies) with a concentration in Leadership and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University (1997) and a BS in Sociology with a Social Work concentration with a double minor in Women’s Studies and Family Life and Human Sexuality (1995) from Central Michigan University. Jess (she/her) has the pleasure of teaching in the Women’s And Gender Studies Department at EMU since January of 1999 and also teaching in the only Michigan women’s prison in the State of Michigan, Women’s Huron Valley, for the last decade. Jess is a Massage Therapist and Bodyworker of 22 years in her community and a recent certified Reiki Master Teacher. The unfolding of Jess’ work in the world involves being a certified End-of-Life Doula (EOLD) for the last four years with a small collective of EOLDs,  as well as, offering comfort touch to those that are dying and offering grief massage and healing sessions for the bereaved. Jess’ interest in justice, Movements, advocacy and healing for all marginalized communities, but especially those who are survivors of Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence and sexual harm, incarcerated communities, LGBTQIA2S+, BIPOC and women, allows for her to be compassionate, empathetic, respectful and willing to hold space for others as they move through life’s cycles and seasons, one breath at a time. With deep humility, Jess is honored to be a part of the Institute. Learn more.

This book is like a superhero, showing us how to run bravely toward the darkness and come out the other side as a human being. Amy deserves not just praise for writing in gorgeous, clear prose, but deep thanks for creating a gentle guide we all need for that one thing no one escapes: death.
—Tina Cassidy, Birth  
Doula, chaplain, theologian, mother, wounded daughter, philosopher, lover, Amy Wright Glenn writes with poetry and power… Holding Space, part memoir and part spiritual exploration, is brilliantly written and asks the central question we all face in this life. ‘What does it mean to love, die and let go?’
—Patricia Harman, Arms Wide Open and The Midwife of Hope River 
In Holding Space Amy Wright Glenn delivers a thoughtful and poetic meditation on bringing mindful presence to the two major transition points in life: birth and death. Utilizing stories from her personal life and her experiences as a birth doula and a hospital chaplain, Amy reveals how we can keep our hearts open to both deep sorrow and ecstatic joy in these ‘sacred thresholds.’ You will find wisdom, love, and tenderness on every page of this very special book.
—Henry Fersko-Weiss, Executive Director of the International End of Life Doula Association,
Caring for the Dying 

“I am a doula. I am also a hospital chaplain. In holding space for birthing and dying, I’ve come to see one thing clearly. Standing with an open heart in the presence of birth is very much like standing with an open heart in the presence of death.”

~ Amy Wright Glenn

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