Providing companions for the dying and nurturing new and seasoned companions through contemplative training programs which support the integration of their service into their inner lives ...

… offering retreats, workshops and programs to support those who attend the dying and collaborate with institutions that share this purpose ...

… reaching out to the general public through programs to assist in the exploration of the meaning of death and offer support for family care-givers...

Our Core Program, Companioning the Dying: Opening Fully to Living, was created to empower and support persons both in companioning the dying and in living fuller, more courageous lives.


Since its founding in 2009, Companioning the Dying has been deeply committed to nourishing those who feel called to serve the dying. Our contemplative programs are designed to support them in integrating the full impact of this service on their own inner lives, thus deepening their capacity to be present to themselves, to the dying, and to all of life. Since its founding, over one hundred twenty people have participated in our Core Program, serving the dying in hospices, hospitals, nursing homes, in their families, and in many other settings.”

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Our Core Program, Companioning the Dying: Opening Fully to Living, will be on a one-year hiatus during 2016-2017. We are naming this year “Watering Our Roots,” a time for nurturing our graduate community and discerning expanded leadership for our programs. During this year we are also exploring ways of making the heart of our program more available to those wanting to explore the meaning of life and death in their own lives, and making applications to the communities of which they are a part.  This includes, among others: assisting faith communities in developing supportive groups to minister to those in their community who are at end of life; and establishing communities of contemplative presence for in-house hospice teams.

Please stay tuned to this web site for announcements about future program offerings. Applications for the 2017-18 classes of our Core Program will be accepted beginning in April 2017.

CEUs AVAILABLE!  The Core Program has been approved by National Association of Social Workers – Maryland Chapter for up to 53 Continuing Education Units (Category I) for social workers who complete the program.


The “Companioning the Dying ” course was so helpful in my role as a Parish Nurse. It gave me new insights and  a deeper understanding of the needs of terminally ill parishioners and their families. It showed me what a  privilege it is to walk this road with them! –Parish Nurse

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