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The Before I Go Licensed Facilitator Training in end of life planning:  next intake Jan/Feb 2019!

Due to Jane’s parents’ recent death in a short space of time, the full webpage for this training is not yet ready. However, below is the syllabus and if you would like more information or to apply, please register using the form at the bottom of the page and you will be sent further details.

Before I Go End of Life Planning Training January 2019

This training is online, via Zoom, each class being 2 hours with a short break in the middle; and spaced out over a period of 5 months.

Jane Diamond: 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 or working with small groups then this training is a must!

Criteria for application – you will likely:

  • Be a professional of some kind (coach, counsellor, celebrant, teacher, health professional etc)
  • Have an interest in the subjects of dying, death and grief
  • Be educated to high school level at least
  • Be self-employed, or interested in being so
  •  Have completed the Before I Go Method course – this is not essential but is an advantage (it can be taken alongside the training)

Successful graduates will:

  • Be authorised and able to lead courses and work privately in their locality
  • Have their own will, POA and Advance Directive completed
  • Have completed their own Before I Go Workbook, and thus their end of life plan
  • Upon successful certification, be accredited to use the Before I Go materials in their marketing, assuming a licence to practice has been granted
  • Be known as a Before I Go Method Licensed Facilitator

Graduates will also:

  • Get extra credentials to add to what you already have
  • Learn to handle your own emotions while dealing with others’ challenges with death, dying and grief
  • Receive an understanding psychology behind reluctance to talk about death
  • Be able to facilitate conversations on death, dying and grief
  • Be able to create your own Before I Go Method course for those in your locality or your own community
  • Be accredited by the Before I Go Academy, the training arm of Before I Go Solutions
  • Have authorised use of 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.
  • Receive a copy of the Before I Go Workbook, Gifted By Grief and the latest book Before I Go: The Essential Guide to Creating a Good End of Life Plan’

Michael Williams: 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,


Introduction: 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.

Essential Reading: Being Mortal;  and Before I Go – the Guide.

Module 1: What is death?

Religious beliefs; importance of ritual; exploration of major beliefs and attitudes; importance of leaving out your own beliefs/religions and how to deal with others thoughts and feelings. How to start a conversation about dying, death or grief.

Module 2: Exploring Deathstyles – Your Own and Others

Fears about dying and death; facing facts; last days wishes and how this ties in with advance directives and POA’s; moral dilemmas and conflicting values; preparing for your own death; bucket lists; workbook completion and how to facilitate this.

Module 3: Who am I and what is a body?

Understanding the difference between who you are and the body that encompasses this; why knowing this is important; wow to embrace this for yourself and introduce it to others; working with different belief systems; energy work and its importance in this area.

Module 4: Wills and Powers of Attorney

Overview of course; purpose and focus of the course; guidance and rules.  Legals: What they are, why we have them, how to work with solicitors, how to find one who will support you; how to advise people; how to deal with questions.

Module 5: Advance Directives and Last Days Wishes

What they are; how to write them; intro to values and how to intro them to others; understanding the emotional impact of this; guiding people to make them; common questions. Includes anticipatory care plans (UK)

Module 6: Assisted Dying

Legal position – and what to do; ethics and morals of such; options other than assisted dying and how to communicate about these.

Module 7: End of Life Preparation   Preparation for death – how much do they want to do? what can they do?; language to use; understanding what happens when someone is in dying process; definition of ‘end of life’; financial affairs – trusts, accounts, inheritance tax etc

Module 8: Funerals  Funeral wishes; Funeral costs; DIY – what you need to know re practicalities; care of the body at home; celebrancy and other options; funeral costs and how to keep them down.

Module 9: Bereavement  Models of loss; resilience; impact of grief – behavioural, spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, social; how grief impacts both at home and at work; what to do when faced with this; dealing with complicated grief.

Module 10: Building a new life

Possibilities; working with those who are grieving; what to say – language; accepting what is; how to embrace a new life that may not be wanted.

Module 11: Listening and Action-taking Skills

Importance of listening; how to give feedback; judgments vs curiosity; how not to take things personally; how to communicate information so it can be easily heard; communicating with those who don’t want to know; how to enable action to happen; what to do when it doesn’t.

Module 12: Working with Groups

Group dynamics; communication skills within groups; how to run an ongoing BIG group – practicalities; dealing with conflict in groups. What to watch out for.

Module 13: Money and Marketing

Definition of marketing; intro to the basics; pain and pleasure island; the importance of knowing your ‘why’; benefits vs features; pricing myths and how to charge

Module 14: Completion and What’s Next

Learnings, takeaways, how to implement; how to set up in business (if needed); basic marketing skills. Further training available in how to market your courses to make a bigger impact.

Mary Vargas: 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!

Practical Details:

Time Commitment: As well as the live calls, we will have a private Facebook group for you to engage in in between the modules. This is an excellent way to ask questions, share your knowledge, post useful information, and in which I will be interacting every day. My research has shown that most people interested in this subject use Facebook as their preferred social media account, so being part of this group will be a working demonstration as to how to create and use your own, if you wish. There will also be some PDF’s, MP3’s and other information attached to most modules.

Outside of this, I estimate the time to be spent on reading/researching will be 2-4 hours per week. This is a very general estimate as it will vary enormously depending on how much of what is needed for graduation you already have in place. It may be there will be a requirement for occasional other ‘q and a’ calls, and these will be organized if the need is clear.

Provisional Dates: (the time will be 6-8pm UK time (10am PST; 1pm EST) These will be on Wednesdays,  starting 6th Feb, with fortnightly classes thereafter (all recorded).

  • Feb 6 and 20th
  • Mar 6th and 20th
  • April 3rd, 17th
  • May 1st, 15th, 29th
  • June 12th and 26th
  • July 10th , 24th
  • Sept 4th
  • Follow up call Wed 4th December


Application process:

  • Complete an application form
  • Interview with Jane
  • Offer of place

Next step: For further information, including an application form,  please register below and you will be sent an email with more details.