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Creating an Empowered Relationship with Death - with Sarah Kerr, PhD

November 14, 2020

Creating an Empowered Relationship with Death - with Sarah Kerr, PhD
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In this fascinating and insightful conversation with Sarah Kerr, PhD, death doula and ritual healer, we explore how we can expand our relationships with death and life, including:

  • why building a healthy relationship with death is a key part of building a healthy relationship with life

  • how Western culture disconnects us from an empowered relationship with death

  • shifting into an orientation that holds death as a sacred and transformative human experience

  • leaning into mystery, imagination and gratitude to access the guidance of the spiritual realm

  • the sense of connection that comes from being in an animistic relationship with life 

  • why having a map for what happens after we die gives us the clarity and insight we need to navigate death with presence and trust

  • how the skill of supporting the people we love as they die is a fundamental human skill that we all have access to

Sarah holds a deeply resonant space, and has created a structure that maps the journey through ANY challenging event in our lives in a profoundly helpful way.

Her work is a steady handrail, a trustworthy guide, and a wise, compassionate and powerful torch to light dark passages.


Today’s guest:
Sarah Kerr, PhD is a Death Doula and a Ritual Healing Practitioner. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies, and a PhD in Transformative Learning. She’s been a long-time student of cross-cultural shamanic healing and nature-based spirituality, and has worked with many indigenous and western teachers on the path of her own journeys through darkness and difficulty into healing and resolution.

Check out Sarah’s website for a wealth of available courses on navigating death and dying. Sarah Kerr Website

Below are links for the two courses mentioned in our conversation:

 What Happens After We Die?
Grief and Loss as Initiation - Register here for Sarah’s live course on November 23rd, 2020


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Sarah Kerr PhD

Death Doula & Ritual Healing Practitioner

Sarah Kerr, PhD, has been a death doula, ritual healing practitioner, and trainer since 2012. Her work helps dying people and their families connect with each other, and with the innate wisdom of the dying process.

Sarah’s approach draws on nature­-based spirituality, sacred sciences, and the richness of the human soul. She designs and facilitates ceremonies that help her clients to integrate experiences of death, loss, and transformation. These rituals honour the spiritual significance of what is happening, and bring healing to the living, the dying, and the dead.

As a teacher and mentor to emerging death doulas, Sarah supports her students to find the unique healing gift they carry, and to make it available to their communities. Sarah facilitates private and public healing rituals, and regularly presents on topics of holistic death care, life, loss, and transition.