If life is lived well, with meaning and purpose, then it stands to reason that the journey of dying will also be embraced in equal or greater measure.
Vision The vision for Passionate Life Consulting is to inspire people to live fully with the lives they have and the time they have left, however long that may be.
Mission When humanity sees that the time to live is finite, living well matters more deeply and significantly. My mission is to create a world where conversations about death and dying are welcomed and revered, honoured and respected, and spoken often.
Passionate Life Consulting, founded in late March 2012, aims to be a beacon of understanding, hope and ideally some fun on the ride from birth to death.Passionate Life Consulting is committed to excellence and quality education promoting death acceptance and life awareness through facilitated conversations. This is achieved via timely and innovative workshops, coaching, counselling and events.
About Ava Reyerson BCouns, BBehavSci, GDipCouns
Why would I choose to specialise in death and dying, you ask?
My passion for engaging with death and dying really began when my paternal grandfather died at age of 90; I was 7 at the time. And later with his wife's death at the age of 82, when I was 13. What fascinated me from this young age was how people reacted to death, how they grieved, especially whether it was an internal or external process. I became the observer of death reactions and have witnessed many deaths throughout my life. It is an honour and a privilege to be let into the most personal and final act of a person’s life. Many of my loved ones have died: grandparents, friends, former partners, aunts and uncles and, most recently, my father. They died in many ways from suicide, cancer and right up to the ‘good death’ that was my father’s when he went for a nap and didn't wake up. From seeing the dead bodies of my grandmother and former grandfather in-law, I feel that life and living is so much more than the body we are given in this lifetime.
I have two undergraduate degrees, one in Counselling, and the other in Behavioural Science. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to specialise in death and dying and would counsel people who were dying along with their families when I finished my studies. During my time at university, I developed a passion for delivering effective presentations. I have learned to create and facilitate a high standard of workshops that are both engaging and entertaining. Through conference presentations, workshop facilitation and discussion groups like the Death Cafe, my business has been created around the subject of death and dying – and particularly, living well before death occurs at whatever stage you're at.
The next step for me, as my workshops grow and develop, is to increase my education in areas such as bereavement counselling. I would love to obtain a PhD in Thanatology (the study of death and dying) at some point as well. As there is nothing on offer like that here in Australia, this will have to wait for a few more years. In the meantime, I am engaging in professional development specialising in bereavement and death education.
Talking about death with people is where life gets very real and honest. There are no pretences about death nor is there any superficiality. Much as we might like to, we can’t live forever; and up to now, death isn't something that can be ‘cured.’ After a lifetime of avoiding the thought of it by every means possible, like most, it can be hard to realise that death isn't ‘something that happens to other people.’
Experiencing the death of someone in our lives tends to wake us up to our own mortality and to what really matters in life.
"I thoroughly recommend attending Ava’s seminar, it is very thought provoking and enlightening. It also helped me to gain perspective about what really matters at the end of the day. Ava’s embraced the day with sensitivity and humour and I left feeling like I had gained clarity in being able to come to terms with death."
"Thanks Ava for a most interesting and touching event. I am inspired by others stories of their experiences of death. Certainly a unique workshop and I look forward to seeing it grow and evolve. Well done you!"
"What a fantastic workshop. A workshop on how to live a more passionate and fulfilling life, by exploring your eminent death. Done with humour and honesty - for more info on this intriguing and professional workshop, go to...(this website)"