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Talking Towards Death

Embracing Life, Love, Grief & Gratitude

By: Valerie Wycoff, Jean McElhaney


Tuesday, May 21, 2024 11:30 AM —
Tuesday, Jun 25, 2024 1:00 PM
Recurring event
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland

We warmly invite you to 6 weekly sessions of 90 minutes

to explore what death means for our lives,

through facilitated conversation, interactive exercises, and self-reflection.

with Valerie Wycoff and Majida Jean McElhaney (Certified Trainers CNVC)

90 minutes x 6 sessions (weekly will be facilitated using Zoom video conferencing services.

MONDAY aft/evenings in North America 20 May through 24 June(time zones given below)

TUESDAYS in Australasia 21 May through 25 June (time zones given below)

Times run as follows 
MONDAY aft/evenings in North America 20 May through 24 June
Honolulu 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Los Angeles 4:30 pm to 6 pm
Denver 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Chicago 6:30 pm to 8 pm
New York 7:30 pm to 9 pm

TUESDAYS in Australasia 21 May through 25 June
Perth 7:30 am to 9 am
Adelaide 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane 9:30 am to 11 am 
NZST 11:30 am to 1 pm  

There is no pre-requisite for this workshop.

What participants can expect on the course:

We will incorporate interactive exercises, self-reflection, small and large group discussion, and share some creative expressions on this theme – eg,readings, music, poetry, etc.

Through these sessions we invite you to

  • engage in a  supportive community where it is safe to discuss life and death
  • explore/work with unfinished conversations with people who have died (for connection, peace)
  • become more confident initiating conversations relating to one’s own death (trust, self-responsibility)
  • develop capacity for offering authentic compassion and companionship for others who have experienced the death of someone
  • become more accepting of one’s own mortality (empathy, peace)
  • discover increased clarity about what really matters for your life

It is our hope and intention that you will come away uplifted from a renewed appreciation for life, companionship, and an expanded sense of capacity to care for yourself and others through meaningful conversations.

REQUEST:  We invite you to register aas soon as you have a YES! – Registration more than 2 weeks ahead brings us delight and energy as we anticipate our time together. Payment confirms your place.

Financial Request – 300 NZD or Earlybird payment rate of 240 NZD when paid in full by 12 April 2024. You may pay using PayPal or direct deposit to our NZ Bank account (full details on form). Credit Card payments can be made through PayPal.

TO REGISTER: Link to this FORM:

Places are limited to 24 for this series. If you’re drawn and cost is a barrier, please contact us

For any queries, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone or WhatsApp Majida Jean (+64)22 192 3202 or Valerie (+64) 21 295 3979 



Valerie and Majida Jean love to connect with people through dialogue.  Coincidentally, they are both Nebraskan by birth. Both are Certified Trainers through the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  They each offer coaching, counselling and workshops to enhance connection, freedom, and new possibilities. They offered this workshop to glowing reviews in Christchurch in 2019.

Valerie lives in Christchurch, where she directs Reflections Threshold Singers, a group which provides trios to “make kindness audible,” at the bedsides of people in the last stages of life. 

Majida Jean completed the residential death doula training through Doorway into Light (Maui, Hawaii, USA). She is also an ordained interspiritual minister and a psychosynthesis guide, with experience in the field of trauma, mediation, and transforming difficult emotions.


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