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Fri, Jun 07


The Light House at CCLD

Last Words: A Grief, Legacy and Memoir Writing Weekend

End of Life Doula, Author and Legacy Writer Garrett Drew Ellis will explore three aspects of therapeutic writing, Grief, Memoir and Legacy, during this weekend course.

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Last Words: A Grief, Legacy and Memoir Writing Weekend
Last Words: A Grief, Legacy and Memoir Writing Weekend

Time & Location

Jun 07, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 09, 2024, 5:00 PM

The Light House at CCLD, 82 Sanctuary Rd, Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA

About the Event

Words have the power to support, heal, strengthen and hold us in our grief. Through written expression, we are also able to share, document and describe the content and story of our lives. Our words are also a tool we can use to not only leave an impression on those coming after us when we die, but to celebrate the impressions others leave on us as well.

These three aspects of therapeutic writing (Grief, Memoir and Legacy) are what we will explore during Last Words: A Grief, Memoir and Legacy Writing Weekend. End of Life Doula, Author and Legacy Writer Garrett Drew Ellis leads participants through exploring what it means for individuals to write in support their grief, through the development of a full book outline for participants to use in writing a memoir and through sessions that will explore what it means to leave a legacy and how to celebrate that before and after death. 

Sponsored by Beyond Morning LLC and The Center for Conscious Living and Dying.

The 4 intentions of Last Words, and the vehicles through which we will hold space for each other, are these:

  1. To explore, engage and write about our grief, influenced by Garrett’s book Write Until You Feel Better: Journal Prompts for Writing through Grief and Depression.
  2. To explore what it means to engage memory, and to use the art of remembrance for managing grief and exploring stories to write about, using Garrett’s book A Stone of Help: The Practice of Remembrance for the Management of Grief.
  3. To look at what it means to build and leave a legacy, and how to do legacy work for both yourself or for others.
  4. Most importantly, to hold space for the collective stories of grief, resilience, shadow and life celebration for ever participant in the weekend.

In partnership with CCLD, this weekend is for all: for every grieving individual, for the aspiring writer, for the end of life doula who works on behalf of others and for anyone who has lost, is losing or anticipates losing a life they want to write about.

To fully participate in this weekend, individuals should bring:

  • Writing implements: whether a blank journal, notebook or laptop.
  • 3 items that invoke the memory of someone that they are grieving. (These items should not be extremely large).
  • Items to make themselves comfortable: pillow seats/cushions/throw blankets

Outside of leaving the weekend with a strong/completed memoir outline for potential publication, and other tools for maintaining a therapeutic writing practice, participants will also receive a free 30 min 1 on 1 support session with Garrett. This session can be used for 1 time support or to explore ways to work together on a longer term.

Participants are responsible for all meals and housing. Snacks and drinks will be provided and some small kitchen access may be made available by CCLD. Participants are encouraged to take part of the Airbnb options on the CCLD campus. Local hotels and housing are also available.

Accessibility is important to Garrett and Beyond Morning. If financial limitations are an obstacle to attendance, payment plans and partial scholarships are available. Please email Garrett directly at if you are in need of this assistance.

 All are welcome. 

We honor the diversity of our racial, cultural, and lived experiences and the ways that our intersectional identities inform our perspectives.

Cost: Members: $249, Non-Members: $299 


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