Spiritually Assisting at the

Moment of Death

4 Part Training Series

Class dates: April 26, May 3, 10, & 24

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Registration closes April 18, 2018

Location: Unitarian Universalist Society (Downstairs Meeting Room)

153 Vernon Street West, Manchester CT

Moment of Death Training will meet over the course of 4 Thursday evenings. It will offer an introduction to simple and effective techniques which allow practitioners to find nourishment, clarity, and a fresh new way to connect with their loved ones during otherwise challenging times . Open to beginners and veteran practitioners who are looking for a refresher course.

Limited enrollment.

Participants will learn methods for transforming strong emotions, for using personalized prayer/song/ and/or poetry in synchronization with the breath of their loved ones to bring about deep relaxation and relief for all involved, and for practicing a powerful meditation which assists your loved one to recognize the experience of Clear Light at The Moment of Death.

This module also offers students exposure to needed community practice; students are encouraged to attend our regular practice sessions. (please see meetup.com for updated schedule) and additional sessions may be arranged within your community upon request.

Pre-requisites: none

Instructor: Melissa Lewis, RN BSN has dedicated much of her career to caring for individuals and families in home health and hospice and currently covers Hospice Triage for Hartford Healthcare at Home. She began training extensively with The Clear Light Society’s Founding Director, Patricia Shelton in 1995. Her core practicum included zen meditation and koan study, Emotional Mastery of Body Mind, Heartspace Meditation, and the Clear Light Meditation for the Dying, which was recognized as a Terma (Wisdom Treasure) by the Venerable Trungpa Rinpoche. She leads meditation groups, offers inservices / workshops for both medical professionals and the general community, and now serves as the Director of Training and Services. She is the successive lineage holder for The Clear Light Society.

Books: While there are no required readings for this course, please stay tuned for the online publication of Blissful Death, by CLS Founding Director Patricia Shelton.

Assignments: Participants are encouraged to practice what they learned between meetings to help develop confidence in their skills.

Practice Attendance:  We highly recommend that participants attend practice meetings to maintain competency.  Practice sessions will correspond with the information presented in course and will reinforce what is learned in class. It is important to understand that this course is more than just an intellectual exploration or a belief system, but it is visceral experience that encompasses the mind, body, and senses.

Meeting times: Classes will begin promptly at 6 p.m. April 26th and will run roughly 2 – 3 hours in duration

Cost: First Time Attendees pay $250 for the 4 sessions. Retaking Helping at the Moment of Death Training? If you have previously attended this course and wish to retake it as a refresher course, we are asking for a donation of $100 to help support our community services.

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No refunds are granted for no shows or cancellations except if course, workshop, retreat or program is withdrawn by CLS.  By registering to any course, workshop or retreat, you acknowledge and agree with our Refund Policy.

If a student wishes to cancel his/her registration to any course, workshop or retreat, the CLS may provide credit to the student toward another corresponding future course, workshop or retreat taken with the Fellowship. The student needs to provide a written request for credit sent via email to CLS one week prior to the first day of class, workshop or retreat. Credit toward a course will only be granted for one year after the date of cancellation.

Disclaimer of Responsibility: By registering for this program. I, the course member, specifically waive any and all claims of action against CLS and staff for damages, loss, injury, accident, or death due to negligence on the part of any organization or employee providing services included in this course, organization or employee providing included in this course.

Program Details

Session 1
To truly care for our loved ones, it is essential to transform our own personal suffering into more helpful, healing energy. During this session we will learn a simple and effective technique to work with strong emotions. This is the core technique that forms the basis of our Emotional Mastery of Body Mind Treasury consisting of myriad breathing techniques, body postures, and acupressure points.
Session 2
At end of life, hearing is our last sense remaining and breath is the last visible physical movement. Recognizing this, we put these two human truths to good use in an effort to create a deep and meaning connection with our loved ones. During this session we will learn prayers from a variety of world traditions and incorporate them into Heartspace Meditation. We synchronize the sound of our voice with the breath of our loved one and have the opportunity to pair off and practice this nourishing technique with one another.
Session 3
When someone you love is dying, there IS something you can do to help. During this session we will hear how The Clear Light Meditation for the Dying was first revealed and have an opportunity to engage in this profound teaching as a group and paired off as time allows.
Session 4
It’s not just WHAT you do, but HOW you do it. During this session, we will put together all that we have learned, refine our techniques, and build more confidence. We will address any questions or concerns and discuss helpful strategies for maneuvering challenging situations


“The Moment of Death training made real for us the knowledge that when the moment comes, anyone can be helped to return to the clear light out of which we were born and into which we die.”
-Gad Horowitz, Ph.D., Shannon Bell, Ph.D. Toronto, Canada

“I wish to express the gratitude of the entire McCormack family for your assistance at the death of my beloved sister Julie. We were by her side, watching her struggle, not knowing how to be with her and longing for direction and some sense of peace. [the Clear Light Practitioner] graciously came to the hospital and led our family through what proved to be one of the most powerful, uplifting and peaceful experiences any of us may ever know. In my estimation the family’s strength through subsequent days has been a direct result of that experience. I’m sure you understand how inadequate the words “thank you” seem under the circumstance.”


B.J. McCormack, M.D., Brockton, Massachusetts