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Helping You Create and Complete

Your Own End-of-Life Plan with Ease

End of life planning made easy
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Because making a good end-of-life plan

is a great going away present...

 

Are you interested in helping others talk about all end of life matters more easily?

Do you love witnessing others' transformations?

If yes, then becoming an End-of-Life Planning Facilitator will enable that in the best way possible!

 

If you:

  • love the idea of helping others be more at ease talking about dying, death and grief
  • like being with those who may be facing their own end-of-life
  • are moved to facilitate the transformation of others' attitudes towards life and death
  • have had your own experience of someone dying
  • love watching someone grow through learning new things

AND you want to increase your ability, your credibility, and your confidence in this area, then read on...

 

You might have had to take care of your parents or someone else close to you who has died, and realized the last thing you want is for your own death to be like that.

Or perhaps you’ve been an executor where the person who died was organized, and you understood what a huge blessing that is.

Maybe you just feel comfortable with this subject and want to help others  feel more at ease too.

Whatever your own circumstances, one thing you do realize is that with the onset of coronavirus, and an aging population in the western world, more and more people are having to admit to something they have found unpalatable before – that they themselves are going to die.

Do you want to play your part in making your own end-of-life, your parents' and your children's, as easy and effortless as possible?

If you do, then join us in the B.I.G. vision

To have end-of-life plans be as commonplace as birth plans!

Can you imagine that?

It would mean that general conversations would include the word 'death' with no comeback; that death would no longer be a taboo topic; and that we would all be more prepared for when our own end of life arrives.

This B.I.G. Academy training in end-of-life planning is part of that vision.  If this idea lights your fire, and you want to make a contribution in this way to the world,  then welcome, you are in the right place!

 

You will be taken to an application form to complete.  Jane will then get back in touch with you regarding an interview. Places are limited, so please apply asap! (Alternatively please email her to arrange an informal chat)

Who am I?

Jane Duncan Rogers, founder of Before I Go Solutions and the B.I.G. Academy, and head coach.

When my husband Philip died, I never for one moment imagined I would end up first of all being grateful for both his life, but then also for his death. It sounds weird, that, but due to how things have unfolded, he is still making a big impact in the world, through me, and through this not-for-profit organisation.  Mind you, I never for once thought I would end up working in this field!

I had been an award winning counselor and coach for over 25 years, having originally trained personally with the famous Louise L. Hay in 1990, working in the personal growth field in many different aspects. I'd  published books and tapes (well before the internet) and was helping small business owners to reach their full potential when Philip died.

Because of the questions he had answered in his last year, I was well prepared in some respects for the admin side of things afterwards. But there was much more we simply did not know about.

Fast forward to 2018, a year during which both my parents died.  They had completed a comprehensive end-of-life plan each, the one that Before I Go Solutions offers, now known as the Before I Go Method®.

This was very different to my husband who had answered some things, but there was a lot more that I simply had to decide about by myself.

And that difference was huge – as my parents' executor, I simply had to follow all their thoughtful instructions.

What’s more, it was easy to find everything, and I took great solace from knowing I was carrying out what they wanted (and that they had known I would do this).

My three siblings and I had no arguments at all, over what was a pretty stressful period (they both died unexpectedly within the same week).

I am so incredibly grateful and appreciative for the organisation they had so carefully thought through.

So I know from personal experience how hugely important this preparation work is, and I want to help you to help others do this too!

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Trained facilitator Jane Diamond, England

"By focusing on one's own end-of-life planning, the BIG Solutions Academy training comprehensively takes you through the practical stages of preparing one’s paperwork as well as the more emotive areas of thinking about death itself and funeral preferences. Jane offers a solid, calm and wise presence throughout, carefully balancing the needs of the group with keeping to a well-structured timetable of modules. For anyone interested in how to deliver end-of-life advice and support in the form of workshops, working with small groups or 1:1 then this training is a must!"

A successful graduate will:

  • Be authorised and able to work privately in your locality, in any country
  • Be able to work with people individually, and groups/families
  • Have your own will, POA and Advance Directive completed
  • Have completed your own Before I Go Workbook, and thus your end-of-life plan
  • Upon successful certification, be allowed to use the Before I Go Solutions® materials
  • Be known as a Before I Go End-of-Life Planning Facilitator, if you wish
  • Have increased confidence in talking about these matters with all kinds of people, whether family/friends, colleagues or strangers

Graduates will also:

  • Be able to easily facilitate conversations on death, dying and grief
  • Learn to handle your own emotions while dealing with others’ challenges with death, dying and grief
  • Get extra credentials to add to what you already have
  • Receive an understanding of the psychology behind the reluctance to talk about death
  • Be able to create your own Before I Go  courses for those in your locality or your own community; either in-person or virtually
  • Have authorised use of the B.I.G. logo and other marketing tools and materials
  • Receive an outline of how to run a B.I.G. Method course
  • Receive further resources, training, and support if wished
  • Have the ability to take this course to organized groups such as carers, companies, social groups - or to work just with those you know already
  • Receive a copy of the Before I Go Workbook, and  Before I Go: The Essential Guide to Creating a Good End of Life Plan’
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Trained facilitator Michael Williams, Canada

"Jane's "Before I Go" training has deepened and broadened my understanding and appreciation of the importance of preparing a positive end-of-life plan. While it's not an easy or comfortable prospect, the training allowed me to share my fears and concerns while at the same time providing me with the tools and knowledge to meet this challenge. I am grateful to Jane and to my colleagues on the programme for their support and for providing me a safe space to share my experiences and reflections. Thank you! Michael Williams" michaelwilliamsstorycoaching.com

CONTENT OF TRAINING:

Introduction and preparation: to each other, content of course, how it is organized, how best to make the most of it, what you need to do to graduate and practice as a licensed facilitator.  Introduction to your Before I Go Workbook and how to use it.

Required reading:

Three books are on the required reading list; and then there is also a list of suggested reading.

Part 1: The Personal - Your Own End-of-Life Plan

Module 1: Lessening the Household Headaches

Module 2: Advance Healthcare Decision Making

Module 3: Looking After the Legals

Module 4: Designing Your Digital Life and Finances

Module 5: Taking Care of the Body

Module 6: Completion and Keeping It All Updated

 

This tried and tested Before I Go Method has been developed over the last 3 years, working with individuals both on and offline to enable them to complete their end-of-life plans.  You can find the full contents here  here, and it is this course that you will be taught to facilitate.

 

There also are 6 hour-long LIVE CALLS to inspire you and get you taking action on what needs to happen  to bring you and your family/friends peace of mind, comfort and reassurance that everything possible has been taken care of.

Then they won't have to run the risk of arguments, extra stress, and difficult decision-making after you've gone.

DETAILS:

First module and introductory welcome call:  Monday 15th June 2020.  6pm UK time (10am PST, 1pm EST)

First coaching call: Thursday 18th June 6pm UK ((10am PST, 1pm EST)

All modules are accessed through a dedicated learning platform, with a mix of reading matter, videos and audio lessons to inspire you.

Modules are released weekly on a Monday, and then there is generally a live coaching call on the Thursday of that same week, a total of 6 calls altogether, over an 8 week period.

 

If you already have in place all the aspects of an eol plan for yourself, as defined by Jane, you may be eligible to enter the training at Part 2. If you are interested in this, please contact Jane direct here

If you ONLY want to do this first part, and get your own plan done, then click here for all the info.

Part 2: The Practical - Doing Death Differently

Alongside doing Part 1, there is one full day with Jane to lead you through the modules needed to be able to communicate wisely and well with others about all eol planning.  In these classes, we cover:

 

Class 1: Necessary end-of-life conversation skills – listening and talking so your conversations on this subject are fruitful, knowledgeable, kind and compassionate, in all situations.

Class 2: DIY death – the multitude of things you and your family need to know to enable engagement of a funeral director to be lessened, or not used at all

Class 3: Keeping costs down – what to do so you get what you want while spending is kept as low as possible

Class 4: Understanding bereavement and the impact it has, so you can compassionately and wisely support others at a difficult time

 

BONUS: Access to the Start Your Living Legacy short video series.

Why doing this is so important for your family and friends after you have gone, bringing them much-needed solace and comfort when they are grieving

DATE: Sat/Sun 25th/26th July, times depend on participants time zones. 

Including homework, this all leads to you having the foundations in place to move on to the final part, where you are taught to apply what you have learnt so far in an easily structured and enjoyable way, to offer either on a volunteer basis or as part of your stable of current offerings.

Part 3: The Practicing - Becoming a Licensed End-of-Life Plan Facilitator

Here, we apply all that has been learnt in a way that best meets the needs of your community, be it virtually or in person (even if socially distant).

 

This takes place with Jane, online, over 2 days,  with 2 follow-up calls afterwards with a focus on:

 

  • How to work with groups, online and offline, so you feel confident in running successful events
  • A proven group format that works to engage, inspire and result in your participants taking action
  • The Before I Go Method group outline so you can feel reassured you are actually teaching them what they need to know
  • Action-taking skills,  so you and your clients can be sure the 'doing' will happen
  • Introduction to marketing – get yourself noticed, resulting in a steady stream of interested people
  • Money mindset – leave with the tweaks needed so that this drops away as an issue

BONUSES:

  1. Assisted Dying –  the ethics and morals of this, and why knowing about it enables you to enable more people to make the right choice for them and their family
  2.  Who Am I and What Is A Body? – help more people, more easily by exploring why these concepts work so well when it comes to thinking about end-of-life planning

DATES AND TIMES: Fri/Sat/Sun 21/22/23rd August 2020, times depend on participants time zones, but there will be plenty of breaks!

Using a mixture of partner exercises, study buddy get-togethers, presentations, discussion, videos, and role plays, by the end of this Intensive you will:

 

 

  1. be able to confidently apply your listening/communication skills in an area that many are fearful about, so your clients feel more confident, knowledgeable, and inspired to take action
  2. be clear about how to let people know what you do, so you can have the saatisfaction of helping more and more families have the peace of mind this kind of planning brings
  3. enhance your credibility with a licence authorising you to use the Before I Go Solutions® name in all your marketing, and be known as a Before I Go End-of-Life Plan Facilitator
  4. be able confidently to run a Before I Go Method ongoing group, and feel fulfilled because your participants have taken action!
  5. benefit from connections with Before I Go Solutions (opportunities to assist Jane, and to receive referrals) 

The training also includes:

  • Group follow up calls
  • Recording of all modules and live calls
  • Individual assessments
  • Training Pack of all documents needed for any groups or individuals you are working with
  • Marketing Pack of all documents to help you spread the word about what you do
  • Ethical framework and guidelines
  • Licence application requirements
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Trained Facilitator Nuala Lindsay, Scotland

"Having been through the end of life process I totally understand the benefits of being prepared.  When an opportunity at work presented itself a couple of years ago to provide such information for our clients, it was a no-brainer to get involved. When Jane launched her Before I Go Facilitator Training it was an even greater opportunity to embrace. It has been a chance to enhance my knowledge, skills and confidence with a view to creating and delivering supportive and informative workshops for those too afraid ‘to go there’, or blissfully ignorant of the fact that end of life planning exists.  From learning to delivering, this is a humbling experience and ultimately a chance to change lives on so many levels, for the better.  You don’t often get to say that about a course you’ve been on"

You will be taken to an application form to complete.  Jane will then get back in touch with you regarding an interview. Places are limited, so please apply asap! (Alternatively please email her to arrange an informal chat)

We promise to:

  • help you develop new skills so you can discuss and facilitate all matters to do with dying, death, grief and end of life planning successfully
  • provide you with something unique to offer those you work with so people choose you over others
  • provide an exceptional quality of training, meaning you can be assured you will be well taken-care of
  • support you through a committed community of like-minded professionals, so you always have someone to talk to
  • give you all the materials, experience and back-up required to be able to feel fully confident in facilitating the Before I Go Method® courses, and/or to have continuing, informed conversations with those you know in a more satisfactory manner
MaryVargas

Trained Facilitator Mary Vargas, USA

"I loved this training! This will give you the background and comfort to be able to help others develop a helpful end-of-life plan. You will be able to talk from experience because you will get your own plan in order along the way, and do so with a supportive group of colleagues. Jane has a lovely way of making talking about death something that is normal (as it should be!). You will learn how to organize, think about, and facilitate preparing for end-of-life in a way that is encouraging and supportive. I definitely recommend this course!" www.achievecg.com

Dates of Training and Your Investment

Part 1:  Depending on how much of your own end-of-life plan you have already completed, you can expect to spend between 1-3 hours per week on each of these modules, inclusive of the coaching calls.

Date:  Begins Monday 15th June 2020

Part 2: Consists of one full day, plus preparation and after-class work of approximately 2-4 hours.

Date:  Sat 26th July 2020

Part 3: 12 hours over 3 days, with preparation and homework, and 2 x 90 minute follow up calls.

Dates: Sat/Sun 22nd/23rd August 2020

Outside of this, you should allow time for background reading.

Maximum places available: 10, so that there is plenty of time and space for individual attention.

 

 

Investment:  

This is an investment in you, your family and those with whom you wish to work, in whatever capacity, and will therefore last you for the rest of your life.

The financial investment in this accredited training is £1497. (approx US$1997)

Early Bird (if paid in full by 3rd June)  £1297 (approx US$1697)

Payment plan: 3 payments of £499 (approx US$747)

ShelaghRichards

Trained facilitator

Shelagh Richards, Scotland

 

"I have just completed the Before I Go Facilitator group training with Jane Duncan Rogers.  It was an invaluable experience, Jane has fantastic facilitation skills and enabled the group to work well together. The pace of the course is perfect, covering all aspects needed to help people prepare their end of life plan, plus more! You get provided with excellent materials that can be used with facilitating your own groups.  By the time you reach the end of the course you should feel confident in being able to help people in this very worthwhile area.  I can’t recommend this highly enough.”

Application process:

This takes the form of an application form, and an interview. If you would like to have an informal chat with Jane first, please contact her here, with BIG Training in the subject line.

Otherwise please use the application form here.

Frequently asked questions:

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Trained facilitator

Maureen Kures, USA

 

"The Before I Go Solutions Facilitator training course is rich and robust. This training empowers me to feel more knowledgeable and confident in the facilitation of family conversations related to end of life wishes. I am grateful to have the Before I Go Solutions in my training arsenal as I help families achieve a peaceful ending through advanced planning".

SharonWood

Trained facilitator Sharon Wood, UK

 

"As a student of the Before I Go Facilitators Training, I love the fact I have completed my own EOL plan – and it has been a pleasure rather than a chore. We all know that such endeavours don’t often make it to the top of our ‘things to do’ list. And yet, if not done, they remain a concern somewhere in our busy minds. It is truly liberating to get these plans made and as a consequence live a more fulfilling life. I look forward to facilitating others to do the same, and I can thoroughly recommend this very informative course, with its role plays, video critiques, and real life stories that support the learning. I felt very well supported throughout the course by Jane and my fellow students".