Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out more information about your groups?
Visit our calendar, click on the event that interests you, and there will be more information on what the event is about and how to attend.

Can I set up an intake appointment on behalf of my loved one to work with a volunteer?
Although well intentioned, when folks reach out to us on behalf of someone else, we find that we are often met with confusion or resistance. If you feel your loved one could benefit from working with a volunteer, have them look at our website, social media, attend a support group, listen to the podcast, etc., and if they are interested, they are welcomed to email or call us to set up their own intake appointment.

What’s the difference between the online workshop and the other workshops?
The online workshop has pre-recorded videos, so it’s self-paced. After purchasing, attendees will be emailed a specific date for a live 3-hour zoom group session with Ram Dev Dale Borglum. In the live session there are guided meditations, discussion of the pre-recorded material, and Q&A. See the online workshop information here.

The other workshops are live, in real time with Dale via zoom or in-person, depending on which you attend. There will be other participants in the session with you.

The live workshops would also include some updated material from the online course; most of the content remains the same.

Will I receive a certificate of completion after the workshop?
Yes, we can send a certificate of completion.

If I become a volunteer, will I be guaranteed to be given a client after the workshop?
Unfortunately this is not guaranteed. We do our best to pair clients with volunteers, but we cannot predict when a client comes to us.

Do I have to live in a certain area to become a client or volunteer?
No, we have clients and volunteers from all over the world. Most of the work these days is being done via zoom and telephone, so a client/volunteer may not live in your area. We do our best to keep it local, but this is not always possible and we’ve found that healing and connection can happen even over the phone or internet when used consciously. However you can decline if you prefer in-person visits only.

How do I find dying clients?
My advice is to take a training program to get some tools and some more confidence and then just dive in. Let people know you are ready to do this work, including family and friends, and that you have training. Clients will follow. The world needs more people to do this work.

It is usually through word of mouth that people get clients. You may also consider volunteering with hospice and discern who is open to using their death as an opportunity for spiritual healing.

I’ve signed up to be a volunteer, but I’m terrified of working with a client. What if I say or do the wrong thing? 
It’s completely understandable to feel this way if you’re new to being with someone going through a vulnerable time. Realize that the other person’s situation is a reflection of your own fear, your own fear of dying or grieving. It’s all workable. And with anything else, the more you dive in, the more you practice, the more the work deepens. Practice fierce self-compassion. The world needs more people like you doing this work. Plus we offer ongoing training for volunteers (see next question).

Is there ongoing training for volunteers?
Yes, we have a closed online volunteer support group where we share client experiences and help navigate next steps as you refine your practice along the way. If you are a volunteer and would like to attend, please email info@livingdying.org to be placed on the volunteer support group email list.