Preparing for the Great Unknown

A Conscious Exploration of the Myriad of End-of-Life Possibilities

Presented by William Peters, M.Ed, M.A, LMFT

8 weeks in Santa Barbara
Wednesdays, 9:30am to 11:30am Pacific Time
Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30 & Dec 7



This workshop is for anyone. It will provide a unique opportunity to discuss with like mind people the sensitive yet fascinating topic of end of life.

Death is the common destiny we share with all human, indeed all living, beings. Yet it is also the one topic that is taboo to discuss. In an era when modern medicine can prolong human life it seems many postpone the necessary exploration and dialog that would prepare them for end of life.

This 8-week workshop is indeed radical as it examines the most common ways that people die - the inherent, yet largely untapped, gifts in the different end-of-life pathways, and the best practices to prepare for and harvest these hidden end-of-life treasures.

Preparing for the Great Unknown will include an exploration of the many shared crossings (spiritual end-of-life experiences) that naturally occur, plus the ways to cultivate and recognize them. It will feature a dynamic mix of lecture from William Peters, presentations from local end-of-life experts, experiential exercises (eg. guided visualizations), and small and large group discussions.

Participants will learn from each other as we share our personal stories, heal from our losses, and together become more compassionate and wiser about end of life.

What People are Saying:

"Thank you for taking the time to make this course and help us help the world.  You are changing the way we see death ... your work is so necessary and cherished."

Heidi H.

Topics We Will Explore

  • Week 1 - When is it Ok to die?
  • Week 2 - Death and Dying in the World of Modern Medicine
  • Week 3 - When Life Becomes Terminal - The Cancer Journey
  • Week 4 - Sudden Death
  • Week 5 - An Exploration of Losing Your Mind - Cognitive Decline
  • Week 6 - Sound in Mind…Failing in Body
  • Week 7 - Choosing to End Your Life
  • Week 8 - Dying of Old Age

By the end of this 8 week workshop, you will:

  • Be prepared for the most common end of life scenarios;

  • Understand the healing potential of Shared Crossings (spiritual end-of-life experiences);

  • Gain comfort, ease and confidence to discuss and support friends and family through death and dying;

  • Explore opportunities for post traumatic growth;

  • Learn ways to heal, transform and become whole after the loss of a loved one; and

  • Discover community resources (local hospices, death doulas, grief and bereavement groups, etc.) that provide end of life support.


Who this Course is For

Everyone will benefit from Preparing for the Great Unknown.  The group will provide a safe, supportive and open space to explore this most sensitive, but least talked about, topic.

Please note - the venue in Santa Barbara accommodates both indoor and outdoor spaces for us to utilize for our sessions.

Your Facilitator

William Peters, M.Ed, M.A, LMFT

William is a licensed psychotherapist, founder and executive director of the Shared Crossing Project, author of the best-selling book At Heaven's Door.

He has developed a series of leading-edge programs that introduce audiences to a broad assortment of experientially based curricula and practices. These programs focus on preparation for a conscious, connecting, and loving end-of-life experience, and they invite exploration of the topic of life after death.  As the principal investigator of the Shared Crossing Research Initiative (SCRI), William and his research team collect and study extraordinary end-of-life experiences (shared crossings).  He is recognized by many as the world’s leading authority on the shared death experience (SDE), having developed the first research-based typology of this phenomenon. He is also the creator of the Shared Crossing Spectrum of End-of-Life Experiences (SELE).

What (More!) People are Saying

"Thank you for sharing your wisdom, research and experience. Your contribution to life's meaning is so valuable and I appreciate you brining this more to the mainstream".

Karen B.

Register Now - Spaces are Limited!

Preparing for the Great Unknown

A Conscious Exploration of the Myriad of

End-of-Life Possibilities with William Peters

Wednesdays, 9:30am to 11:30am Pacific Time

Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30 & Dec 7

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

21 W. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101

$495 USD $445 USD


(Discount has been applied at the checkout for you)