Everyone in the room really wanted to be there; shared genuine interest in changing / understanding how we perceive death culturally. It was a safe place to be vulnerable - there was an implicit trust among us. If there were less committed students in the room, we would not have felt as safe.
The information in the packets is incredible! Such a great mix of topics and sources. I'm sure I will revisit this resource many times in the years to come.
I loved that the course also focused on the intersections of race and privilege when it comes to death work.
The comfortable and intimate space helped to nurture open and honest dialog. The connections made with the facilitators and participants.
I was most pleased by the interactive activities and instructor's passion.
Thank you for the hands on practice in preparing for a vigil with the sequence of body washing. Detailed discussion of making a death plan was immensely helpful.
The weekend was time well spent. The class was informative and supportive for the variety of people that attended.The space for the training was comfortable and I appreciated it being in the south end.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with my classmates on such a meaningful level. The instructor did a great job of making everyone feel comfortable sharing and being vulnerable. There were many tears shed throughout the weekend and it felt like a safe space to process individually and also as a group.
LOVED the singing and sound bowl. What a special moment in the weekend.
The hands on practicum (shroud wrapping and body washing) and information stemming from actual experience was GOLDEN, both from the guides and from my fellow students. I gripped and absorbed information from nurses, med students, doulas and grave digging retreat participants.
I was really excited about the new curriculum that ASP added on addressing whiteness and privilege in death doula work. It was presented and facilitated in a way that allowed students to engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue about these topics even from a variety of different experiences and perspectives. I think it is an essential part of the conversation and work we are all doing.
I also really appreciated the discussions of ways to engage different marginalized communities in the work of grief and death support. I'm feeling even more supported and inspired to do this work after the level 2 training.
I appreciated the social justice education and awareness. So many parts of the class can be transferred to anyone's day to day life including work. I adored our sweet fun classmates.
The teaching team had good rapport and complemented each other well. The instructors told stories making themselves vulnerable in ways that normalized our identities and feelings while giving us tools for managing challenging situations.