To live life fully is to embrace all aspects of it. Dying is a part of Living.
Alua will be our Keynote Presenter
Going with Grace is the heartchild of Alua Arthur who is a death doula, attorney, adjunct professor and ordained minister. Our goal is to bring grace and compassion to the cycle of life by planning for it and effortlessly tying up the loose ends. Planning for the end of life saves considerable time, money, headache and heartache for those we love most. In our experiences as attorneys, caretakers, financial planners and certified death doulas, we use our expertise to create simplicity and ease. Our clients can exist in the peace that their end of life wishes are known and their loved ones are supported after they are gone. While we are based in Los Angeles, we serve clients all over the world through virtual consultations and travel.
Laura will be sharing about how through Compassionate Living we all can play a vital role in changing the landscape of Sacramento.
Laura believes that a person must learn how to die in order to learn how to live. In her late-20s, Laura earned her ministerial license after an intensive two-year seminary training. She went on to be a grief counselor, pastor and seminar rector. Over the last 30 years, she’s officiated many hospital healings, last rites, memorial services, weddings and baptisms. Her dedication to the art of living and dying inspired her to develop the Divine Spark Method in 2010. She is also a patented inventor, best-selling author and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Chill Sacramento and the cofounder with Joan Marie of Compassionate Capital Region.
Marlene will be sharing the moving and personal backstory of Joshua’s House.
Joshua's House in Sacramento, CA, is the first hospice house on the west coast for terminally ill individuals experiencing homelessness and to provide compassionate, quality care with love and respect. Joshua's House is a project of The Health Communication Research Institute, Inc., a 501, c, 3 nonprofit organization founded in 1989.
Brenda will be sharing with us the power of movement to integrate, embody and empower our thoughts and emotions.
To live each day acknowledging and processing loss decreases shock and trauma. At this Symposium you will be present with loss, allow and move with it. Your rhythm matters most for you to flow with Life!
Brenda is inspired to educate and empower self-healing, abundance and joy. Facilitating healing and training our focus upon gratitude for Life creates health, wellness and abundance even during loss and trauma. Maps of Consciousness within the body increase awareness and tools provide access to rise above dis-ease especially after loss. You are all ready; now let’s re-member together! (See Bio under Stewards)
David will be sharing with us the healing power of music.
Rev. David Deerfeeder entered the field of death, dying and bereavement in the mid-1980’s, working in the funeral industry and also associating with Francis House, a Florida-based Franciscan outreach to persons infected/affected by HIV-AIDS. He later was invited to join Camp Living Springs, a Presidential National Point of Light Award-winning program for adults diagnosed with cancer. He was associated with a hospital oncology unit, and is currently an on-call minister for a California hospital. He initially joined Yolo Hospice as a patient care volunteer, and has been the Bereavement Support Manager for two years. Among his innovative programs is a weekly Anticipatory Loss Support Group attended by patients as well as their intimates and care givers. He is a free-lance writer with a regular column in the Daily Republic newspaper, and has been published by Healing Ministry Journal. He won the Wings and Strings Americana Songwriting Competition, and has performed as a professional musician for longer than he cares to admit. He can be reached at email@example.com .