Loving, Dying, and Letting Go


$250.00 $100.00

Are you a birth or death doula? Have you recently experienced grief due to death or the loss of an important relationship? Are you a caretaker working with the bereaved? Do you wonder what it means to face your own death, or the death of those you love? If so, this online, self-guided, 13-hour workshop is for you.

All are welcome to join author, doula, and hospital chaplain, Amy Wright Glenn for a transformative and personal exploration of these questions.

Throughout the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, all Institute online courses are $100 USD ~ open to all.


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

The self-guided, 13-hour, online Loving, Dying, and Letting Go workshop is based upon Amy Wright Glenn’s book Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go ~ published by Parallax Press.

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? 

In this online course, participants are guided through four 2-hour modules with Amy Wright Glenn. At the conclusion of the module study, participants are asked to integrate knowledge gained and share through writing and personal reflection. What does it means to love, die, and let go given our own specific life circumstance, relationship context, work etc.? 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 complete the workshop and successfully turn in written work. *Note, once registered, all participants will have 3-months to complete the workshop. More time can be given upon request.


Amy has a way to draw in an audience with her use of personal stories and lived experiences.  She is knowledgeable about issues that come up at the beginning and end of life, and delivers the message with gentle hands and grace.

~Jennifer Mallmes, End of Life Care Educator at Douglas College, Vancouver, Canada


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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