Here are all the licensed Before I Go Solutions Facilitators - to contact them, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on 'Contact us' and then put their name in the subject line, along with your message.

THEY ARE ALL WORKING ONLINE as well as in-person (in accordance with local guidelines re coronavirus)

Michael Williams, Head Facilitator, Before I Go Method Programme

Having spent much of my life as a mental health counsellor, teacher, and a Story Coach, I've had the privilege of listening to people's stories and helping them make sense of them. The hardest story, of course, is that of death and dying.

Enrolling in Jane’s Before I Go Method facilitation training programme in 2017 taught me the importance of not only getting my practical affairs in order but also opened the opportunity to talk about dying, death, and grief in a meaningful way with others. This is something most of us want to be able to do but few get the chance given the general reticence in society to talk about our mortality. Fortunately, the Before I Go Method provides that opportunity and more.

I am proud to be the Head Facilitator of the Before I Go Method programme helping others to make their lives all the more precious by making how we prepare for and meet death a meaningful and positive experience.

After living for 30 years in Scotland, I've recently moved to Canada to get to know better my youngest grandchildren.

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Jane Diamond, Stroud, England

I graduated from the Before I Go Academy in July 2018 and now run workshops to help people make a solid end-of-life plan. This is alongside my work as a funeral director at a progressive, independent undertaker's in Stroud, Gloucestershire where I live.

I have been running a death cafe locally for three years and have also started my training as an end-of-life doula with Living Well Dying Well.

I am a member of Gloucestershire Bereavement Forum and have a background in body psychotherapy.

Cornelia Featherstone, Findhorn, Scotland

I am a retired GP and have worked in community based caring in the Findhorn Foundation Community for about 30 years. I work to create the community I want to live and die in. So "looking after our own" is the connecting strand throughout all my work.

One of my projects is End-of-life Planning as this is for me one of the most effective ways to bring sanity and sovereignty into my own life. And I benefit hugely form others doing that. I had the blessing of my mother who was willing to do her E-o-L plan with me - and I wish that blessing upon everyone who has to go through loss.

I offer Dead Good events - introductory group conversations to end-of-life planning as well as one-to-one support for people to get their personal life plan done.

I work mainly in Moray, Scotland.

Sharon Wood, Norwich, England

Something I hear over and over again in my work is ‘If only we had talked about it, if only we knew what they wanted’.

I have 30 years of nursing experience under my belt, as well as being a Funeral Celebrant, specialising in ceremonies that celebrate the very essence of an individual, and experience of using the Grief Recovery Method to offer thoughtful and constructive support to the bereaved.

When I trained as a nurse there was very little mention of death in the lecture rooms. It was all about preserving life. But even as a young woman I could see that this was rather narrow and my experiences led me to think about death more than perhaps most others wish to. At the same time, I have always been a cheerful sort! I love life and I love to laugh.

Some years ago my dad, a close friend and my mum all died in close succession and I felt the brutality of loss. My life would never be the same again. Some years later a cancer diagnosis and the subsequent treatment, became equally life changing.

I draw on my own personal experience of grief and the importance of talking about death and making good end of life plans, along with my professional knowledge and experience, to help you make an end of life plan which is thorough, well informed and deeply personal to you.

While what I do builds on my life journey, it is really all about you - your end of life plan, your loved ones, your story and your hopes and wishes for living a fulfilled life.

Annette Earl, Wiltshire, England

My first career was as a Chartered Librarian, which subsequently led to several years working in various information management and project support roles within central government. I became a licensed ‘Before I Go’ Facilitator in 2020 and I now use my organisation and planning skills to help people make their End of Life Plan as easily and painlessly as possible!

I am a member of the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network and have joined both my local hospital and Fire & Rescue Service as part of their chaplaincy volunteer teams. I am passionate about helping to normalise the conversation around death, and in 2020 I took on the role of Coordinator for my local Death Café.

I live in Wiltshire with my husband and six badly behaved cats.  www.annetteearl.com

Jonathan Martin, Poole, England

I love hats, travel and exploring death customs from across the world. For 35 years I have been a celebrant and I now coordinate a wonderfully mixed team of celebrants from different traditions and cultures. Together we developed the SENSE test, which is important to any ceremony. Do ask about it! I love the work I do preparing celebrations of life - listening to those who are bereaved, offering moments of hope and glimpses of beauty.

Becoming a Before I Go facilitator filled a gap for me, helping me see how ceremonies and funerals fit into the wider challenge of preparing well for death by doing so systematically and in good time. As someone who is definitely in the final trimester of life, this is important to me.

In the photograph I am wearing Omani head-dress by invitation of an Omani friend. The wearer is challenged to embrace humility and respect, qualities which will underpin the exploration we embark on together when you ask me to be your facilitator.

Please contact me on: swanceremonies@gmail.com

 

 

USA & CANADA

Diane de Vivo, Melrose, Massachusetts, USA

As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and a licensed facilitator in the Before I Go Method®, Diane focuses her coaching practice on coaching people through conversations on death, dying and grief, and on making decisions to ease people through the death
and dying process.

Diane is also a “cat rescuer” and assists people in finding the perfect cat match for their family. She has begun coaching people who are grieving the loss of a pet.

Diane lives with three cats of her own and any number of foster kittens who have come through her home,  before finding their own forever homes.

Maureen Kures, Washington, USA

After more than 30 years in the healthcare industry as a registered nurse, Maureen Kures is no stranger to end-of-life issues. She has seen first-hand the devastation that can occur when families don’t have potentially difficult discussions with family members – the same discussions that could have helped everyone weather the loss of a loved one in a more productive and positive manner.

Today, families hire Maureen to protect and empower them through facilitated discussions, planning, and preparation for end-of-life transitions. Her skills and experience create a safe space to discuss a wide range of issues, from health care directive to the disposition of personal property. The result? Less drama, trauma, and chaos – and families in alignment with the wishes of their loved ones.

Maureen’s uncommon advocacy provides safety, clarity, hope, and guidance to her clients.

She is a licensed facilitator in the Before I Go Solutions Method.

 

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