Death Study Circle


The Death Study Circle is an ongoing, live, monthly study circle open to all.

Participants pay once to join for 6-months and can join at any point in the year. Participants have access to the monthly Death Study Circle facilitated via Zoom by author/death doula, Garrett Drew Ellis.

Institute members receive 50% off of their Birth Study Circle tuition. Simply enter the membership code upon check out. All are welcome to join the Institute ~ membership is lifelong. 


I’ve held the hands of the dying. I’ve held the bodies of women as they sway with the hard pain of labor. I know the smell of birth and death. I’ve come to embrace the truth that 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, Holding Space ~ On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go 

Join Garrett Drew Ellis for an ongoing monthly study circle focused on death.

 Death Study Circle
Last Saturday of every month 6-7pm EST


What does it mean to die?
How is death understood in contemporary society?
How is death portrayed in the media, in our religious/spiritual/wisdom traditions?
How do you hold space for death in your own heart?

Each month, Garrett facilitates an hour long study circle drawing upon:

*Teachings on death/dying from the world’s wisdom traditions
*Contemporary research in thanatology
*News articles relating to death/dying
*Efforts to transform our death & grief phobic culture
*Personal stories/experiences

Each hour-long session is presented live via Zoom. Sessions are not recorded.


All are welcome.

We honor the diversity of our racial, cultural, and lived experiences and
the ways that our intersectional identities inform our perspectives.


When we lose someone we love, we should remember that the person has not become nothing.  ‘Something’ cannot become ‘nothing,’ and ‘nothing’ cannot become, ‘something.’  Science can help us understand this, because matter cannot be destroyed—it can become energy.  And energy can become matter, but it cannot be destroyed.  In the same way, our beloved was not destroyed; she has just taken on another form.  That form may be a cloud, a child or the breeze.
We can see our loved one in everything.

Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear


Writing and finding himself in the field of memoir, remembrance, death and grief for as long as he can remember, Garrett Drew Ellis ~ (he/him) established himself as a professional writer in 2005 and as an End of Life Doula in 2019. That same year, Garrett founded Beyond Morning, offering doula and storytelling services after receiving training from INELDA (The International End of Life Doula Association).

Garrett studied English at Central CT State University and has been a ghostwriter and author for almost 20 years. He has been a hospice volunteer. The author of “Write Until You Feel Better” and the forthcoming, “Writing In Memoriam”, Garrett works locally in the Central Pennsylvania area and offers his services nationwide through digital platforms. He speaks at workshops, leads groups and works with individuals to process death and grief, document their lives and to help them do the same for others. (Bio originally published here).