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Additional Resources

Some of my favorite sites and podcasts related to the focus of my practice and listings of my recurring events.

End of Life




Hiring an End Of Life Doula


NPR report on an increase in in doulas engagements to facilitate end of life


Information and Orgs


Dying Consciously

Interesting information defining conscious dying


Death Café

A safe place to talk about death


Stanford Letter Project

Considering your life review and legacy 


Five Wishes

Compassionate Choices

My end of life decisions and advance planning guide & toolkit

National Hospice Foundation Palliative Care

The Conversation Project: Starting the Conversation

Alternatives to a Traditional Burial or Cremation:


Bay Area Consumers Funeral Association

Extensive list of links for death and funeral related services

Green Death Tech

Overview of technology-enhanced burial options now & in the future

Green Burial Council

Body Composting

Water Cremation


It’s My Right: The Handmade Death (Video)

A film by Herta Sturmann about her mother’s conscious death

When Breath Becomes Air (Video)

A presentation by Lucy Kalanithi, MD, for the Mission Hospice Author Services

Third Act

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​Discover your passion and re-invent your life

Senior Co-Housing

Living in a green, vital and engaged community


Could Your 60s & 70s be the best decades of life?

An article in The Guardian

My Offerings

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Upcoming Offerings in 2024!!

Course:  Spiritual Dimensions of Nearing Death

Five Wednesday sessions beginning January 17th, 2-4pm PST (and on Jan 17 & 31, Feb 14 & 28, and March 13)


The Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation (EKRF) is offering my course again!


This five-class series provides an opportunity to explore near-death experiences, death as a presence/teacher, and the special communication that can happen as one nears death. The course fee is on a sliding scale based on ability to pay.


This class uses three books and reading is required before each class so sign up to get ready!


For more information and to register:  Eventbrite Registration


A couple of participant comments from the last session: 


Dear Respected Rhyena Halpern,


I was much pleased to attend your class on the spiritual dimensions of nearing death. I would like to express my gratitude at this juncture for the selfless effort that you put into it. I would like to continue this journey. Hence I will be very happy, if you could keep me informed regarding your similar sessions and seminars. Since I am a Catholic priest working at present in Germany, I will try to join the sessions as my timings and appointments here permit. I consider it to be a great blessing to have attended your class. Once again thank you so much!


Gratefully yours – Fr. Rockson

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Many thanks to the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, Rhyena & other staff for providing this wonderful course with great resources: books, videos, meditations.  Would also like to thank all the participants for sharing their time, stories, experiences & for holding space w/ supportive listening. 


Aloha, Debbie Dang 

Death Cafes 


I have been leading these cafes for two amazing nonprofits for almost 4 years. I warmly welcome you to attend these Tuesday morning, safe and supportive conversations about anything death & dying. Please sign up on Eventbrite. They are free and open to all.


Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation Death Cafes

2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10am-11:30am PST.


For more information and to register: EKRF Cafes


Please note:   

*Registration typically opens a month before the event. 

*There is one zoom link for all of the 2nd Tuesday Death Cafes and another for the 4thTuesday Cafes. If you have the link, registration is not necessary.


*Eventbrite has instituted fees for events with more than 25 people, so EKRF's registration for these death cafes is limited to 25. 


Mission Hospice (MH) Death Cafes

3rd Tuesday of the month, 10am-11:30am PST.


For more information and to register: MH Cafes


Please note:  Registration for the MH Death Cafe is unlimited, free and is listed quarterly. Here is the Zoom link to join the MH Death Cafes if you prefer not to register: Zoom Link for MH

EKRF Death Cafe for End of Life Doulas, Death Companions, grief therapists, hospice workers, chaplains, and volunteers. 

Quarterly on the 5th Tuesday of the month. 10:00am-11:30am PST.  Next meeting is January 30th. Future meetings are on April 30th, July 30 and October 29th. Register here

New course

End of Life Intentions for Dummies, Pragmatists and Seekers

My six-session class will be offered by the EKRF later this year, date TBD. It is a friendly, comprehensive, and accessible primer on planning and setting intentions for the end of our lives.


Please let me know if you are interested in more information.


Other Opportunities

I will be helping to facilitate Death Over Dinner: Jewish Edition hosted by the Shomer Collective and Reboot, on March 5, 430pm PST.  For more information. 

My Writing

My writing on these and related topics can be found on the BLOG page on this site.  My most current writings are on Medium @rhyhalpern or search Rhyena Halpern.

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