Join Amy this summer at Joy of Yoga (Brentwood) for small-group gatherings that demystify dying, death, and the afterlife.
Walking Each Other Home:
How to serve loved ones in dying and death
June 10 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | $30
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July 15 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | $30
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This two-part workshop is a primer on how we can more compassionately support one another during the dying and death processes. You’ll increase both your competence in and confidence about the end-of-life landscape so that you can better help your loved ones navigate this most sacred time of life.
During Part I, we’ll discuss the overarching history of our culture’s treatment of dying and death as context for where we are now as a collective. Then we will take a closer look at the current challenges and opportunities that commonly present themselves at the end of life, including palliative care, hospice, complementary holistic modalities, burial options, and more.
Part II is a deep dive into the stages and phases of dying. We will discuss both tangible and intangible ways — practical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual methodologies — to serve the dying and their circle of support during the active dying phase specifically (i.e., months-weeks-days to live).
These classes are best taken in conjunction with one another for maximum benefit, although the content in each can stand alone. They are well suited for any one at any stage of life, but they will be especially meaningful if you are or anticipate supporting a loved one in their transition and/or if you have a loved one currently receiving palliative or hospice care.
Summer School with Spirit
Accessing spiritual guidance is possible for anyone and everyone; come learn how!
Join a team of professional mediums for mini workshops on connecting across the veil. Expand your understandings about intuitive abilities, including your own; learn how to grow your connections with the spirit world to benefit yourself and your loved ones; and enjoy ample time to ask and chat about spirit-related topics in a safe and nurturing community.
Each 90-minute class stands alone but will have maximum benefit if taken as a full series. The gatherings will be a mix of instruction, discussion, and demonstration. You’ll learn favorite practices and receive personalized guidance for how to develop your own unique connections.
The classes will be team-taught by Amy Rush, a certified death doula and professional medium who serves clients from Joy of Yoga, and two of her peers — professional mediums Kristen Bly and Katie Wedding. Meet them below!
June 11 | 3-4:30 p.m. | $30
Led by Amy Rush, Katie Wedding, and Kristen Bly
What mediumship is (and isn’t!), how it works, and the importance of discernment
July 16 | 3-4:30 p.m. | $30
Techniques for Connecting with Spirit
Led by Amy Rush and Kristen Bly
Grounding, opening and closing sacred space, intention setting, meditation practices, and more
August 13 | 3-4:30 p.m. | $30
Growing Your Connection
Led by Amy Rush, Katie Wedding, and Kristen Bly
Tips for working with passed loved ones and other guides, working with signs and symbols, additional methods for accessing guidance (e.g. automatic writing)
Kristen Bly is a professional spiritual advisor and psychic medium.
Katie Wedding is an evidential medium and grief counselor.
Some of Amy's past offerings are listed below.
Amy is available to create and lead fully customized gatherings for family/friend groups, and she serves as a guest speaker at training sessions for hospice providers and other complementary organizations.
What is a Death Doula?
It's time to remember how to support each other in dying and death, and the death doula role is instrumental this way. We'll cover the basics — what death doulas (a.k.a. end-of-life doulas) are, our vast range of fascinating specialties, and how/when to access doula help. Learn why and how we “create and hold space” and how you can, too. Time will be reserved for Q & A, so if you’ve ever wondered about any aspect of this role — or how to better support a dying loved one in general, this is a great opportunity to connect!
What the Dying Teach Us
The stories that the dying tell us, both literally and figuratively, can help us better understand their experiences and needs. And as caregivers, we can learn to transform these improved understandings into more compassionate caregiving — for both the dying and ourselves. We'll discuss common end-of-life occurrences, using the physical process as a guide for what's concurrently happening emotionally, energetically, and spiritually. This class will be informative for anyone but especially meaningful if you are helping or expect to help a loved one navigate their transition.
Death is Not The End
In this class, we'll discuss a spectrum of evidence that the death of our physical bodies is by no means "the end." Specifically we will talk about what the dying and death processes and near death experiences teach us about ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience. We are so much bigger, more beautiful, and more powerful than we realize — and dying and death illuminates this fact. Come explore how!
Legacy Projects: Love Never Dies
There are countless ways to create meaningful presences and keepsakes that connect us across the river of life — to help remind us of the love we share, which never dies. From the widely known to the wildly unique, we’ll cover a range in this session and swap ideas that spark your inspiration and creativity!
Signs: Messages from Across the Veil
The universe is always communicating messages of love and support through signs and synchronicities. This includes your loved ones who have transitioned, your guardian angels, and your spirit guides: they are absolutely communicating with you, and you can be in conversation with them! Death is not "the end," and signs prove it. In this class, we'll talk about what signs are, how they function, what they mean, and how to work with them to strengthen your bridge to spirit.
Death is natural. You need not fear it.
Join St. Louis-based death doula, Amy Rush, at Chakra Wellness in The Grove for a demystification of the dying and death processes. In this workshop, Amy explores the empathetic role of the death doula, uncovering who are they, what do they do, and how they help. Through introducing the myriad of specialties encapsulated within her practice, Amy shares when and where to turn for doula services, how to cater these needs to match your own journey, and how all of us can create and hold space for the dying and death processes.
In this client-forward dialogue, specific time will be held for a public Q & A session, making this a wonderful event for those who are curious about the death doula-ship field and all it entails. Within the comfort of this workshop, attendees find ample opportunity for connection and community. Each attendee will walk away with resources at their fingertips to help them more confidently and competently navigate this natural phase of life.
Healing humanity + the planet
Join St. Louis-based death doula Amy Rush for her second Chakra offering exploring the spectrum of environmentally sustainable, ethical and compassionate deathcare choices. Amy explores the green burial rights available to each of us — all of which help heal humans and the planet. By tracing the overarching history of our culture’s practices around deathcare, she gives attendees an informed context for what challenges and opportunities present themselves today within dying and death and helps us better understand the current options available to fulfill our individual goals for a greener death.
Within the container of Going Green, Amy highlights how to intentionally and meaningfully work with deathcare options now and “when the time comes”. Through learning about the greener rights and choices available to Missouri and Illinois residents specifically, attendees obtain creative and inspirational ideas for working with remains to memorialize our loved ones in comforting, beautiful, and sustainable ways.
Participants leave with a robust foundation of knowledge and resources for choosing greener deathcare. In turn, attendees begin to establish a supportive framework for integrating their newfound understandings — with the end goal of making both empowered and confident choices, becoming competently able to help loved ones do the same.