A workbook to explore the reality of your mortality.

Anchor, ground, and stay strong in these tender and tumultuous times with heart-centred and holistic tools.

The 7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death Workbook will help you base your planning on your values and priorities and lay the groundwork for you to be as prepared as possible for your inevitable death. 

"Full of powerful questions, this beautiful inquiry brought me deeper into my heart—which is where I want to live from …"

—Danielle LaPorte, Creator,
The Desire Map Program

At Willow,

our goal is to transform end-of-life planning into a rich opportunity for personal growth and community connections. Our tools and resources help you check things off your to-do list and support you to clarify who and what matter most. 

Michelle Pante and Reena Lazar are pragmatic and heart-centered end-of-life planning educators and coaches as well as curriculum designers, presenters and facilitators.
With training in deathcare, conflict resolution and communications, they share a passion for using the conversation around death as a pathway to growth and healing for individuals, communities and the planet.

"Willow has unlocked the vault on a traditionally difficult topic, giving us a gentle, insightful, holistic approach that you can tailor to your needs, wishes and culture."

Lee-Anne Ragan, International Learning & Development Expert, Rock.Paper.Scissors Inc.

Who is this workbook for?

This workbook is for those of you who:

  • never got started with your end-of-life planning,
  • started but got stuck, or 
  • completed some planning tasks, but aren’t satisfied with the outcome. 


It’s also for those of you who are ready to consciously contemplate your mortality, so that you can live your best life now.

How will the workbook help me?

The tools and materials you find here will support you to:

"Through a series of clear-eyed questions and reflective exercises, 7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death invites the reader to assess their values, memories and life experiences and to use these as a guide for end-of-life planning. This workbook gets right to work helping make an overwhelming chore appear effortless.”

—Roy Ellis, Bereavement Coordinator, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Palliative Care

Core Values
Articulating your core values will help you make choices that incorporate who you are into all aspects of your end-of-life planning.

Planning Priorities
Get clear on the status of your end-of-life planning, identify your priorities, consider where you might be stuck and what’s stopping you and discover how you can move forward.

We all know that preparing for our eventual death will give us peace of mind and make it easier for those we leave behind.

7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death will light up your life and leave you feeling enriched, energized and connected.  

“As a professional celebrant, the 7 Tools workbook is a resource I would recommend to all my clients. To fully understand the values, wishes and intentions of those who have died makes the grief process, and the creation of a memorial so much more meaningful."

—Lisa Hartley, Professional Celebrant, Founder, Simply Ceremony

“I recommend this program to everyone willing to explore life's joys and mysteries and learn from the reality of our mortality.”

—Rudiger Krause, Lifelong Learner

"Willow provides a clear, simple and beautiful way of entering and navigating the most complex of topics ... combining practical planning savvy with a lot of heart."

—Danielle Kershaw, University Career Educator

Whether you have days or decades left to live, thinking about and preparing for your someday, one-day death will inspire you to live your best life now.

7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death Workbook

Consider the complete scope of end-of-life planning.

Reflect on your core values.

Uncover the range of your feelings about what makes life worth living.

Learn from your past experiences with death and dying.

Explore your hopes and fears about your inevitable death.

Discover who and what matter most to you.



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Hopes and Fears
Take a moment to think about your own inevitable death. Notice and try to name how you’re feeling. Here are some questions to answer either through personal journaling, quiet reflection or in conversation.


Learning from the Past
Your previous experiences with illness, dying, death, grief and how someone was cared for after they died have undoubtedly shaped your personal desires and informed your sense of what’s possible and what’s not.


Health and Personal-Care Priorities
What you learn in this exercise will help you identify a substitute decision maker in the event that you can no longer speak for yourself due to illness, accident or disability.

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Who and What Matter Most
Reflecting on who and what matter most can help you get clear about the quality and status of your important relationships and experiences in life.

Final Wishes
After-death care is a term we use to describe all aspects of how you wish to be cared for after you die, including final disposition and goodbye rituals.


Get the 7 Tools Workbook Today!

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Available in all major currencies, based on a base rate of $17 USD.

Get the 7 Tools Workbook Today!

Purchase Print WorkbookPurchase eBook

Available in all major currencies, based on a base rate of $17 USD.