Course Description

Curriculum includes:

Understanding the Advance Health Care Directive. Who should be your Health Care Power of Attorney and why.

Creating a caregiving team. ‘Share the care’. 

The Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). What is its purpose and why it needs to be signed by your doctor.

What is a ‘Durable Power of Attorney’ and when is it useful.

What is Hospice and what services do they offer?

What is ‘palliative care’? No care, Some care, Total care. What are the differences?

What information you need to have available when you’re dying and when you’re dead. The specific order of ‘next of kin’.

Designating a person who can legally arrange a cremation.

Writing a simple will.

We’ll look at Hawaii’s law, ‘Our Care, Choice’ for choosing to end one’s life.  

What are Hawaii’s burial and cremation options, what are the costs, both financially and environmentally. Exercises, discussion, self-refection.

What happens when you find out you’re dying?

When is healing and curing not the same thing?

What’s the difference between pain and suffering?

What are the advantages and disadvantages to dying at home or in a hospital?

What are ‘ethical’ wills and what is the ‘unfinished business’ of our lives we’ll need to address before we die?

Note: All classes will be conduced online through ZOOM media


Reverend Bodhi Be is an ordained interfaith minister. He is the executive director of Doorway Into Light, a nonprofit organization on Maui, which provides conscious and compassionate care for the dying, their families and the grieving, and has been offering community presentations and trainings, since 2006, in the fields of awakened living and dying.

Doorway Into Light operates Hawaii’s only nonprofit funeral home; a certified green funeral home, and facilitates Hawaii’s only ocean body burials. As well, it operates an educational resource center and store on Maui, The Death Store. Bodhi has taught hundreds of doctors, nurses, hospice staff, social workers, ministers, chaplains, therapists and lay people the spiritual, psychological, emotional and logistical care of the dying and the care of the dead.

Bodhi is a funeral director, death doula, end-of-life and bereavement counselor and educator, hospice volunteer, home funeral guide, a teacher and trainer of death doulas, a speaker and workshop leader and a ceremonial guide. Bodhi has facilitated grief groups in a public high school.

He hosts a weekly radio show, ‘Death Tracks’ at AKAKU, which streams online. He writes a column called “Ask the Death Professor” for a local Maui magazine.

He is a notary public, coffin maker, Reiki practitioner and, together with his wife, children and grandchildren, an off-the-grid organic homesteader on Maui.

Bodhi and his wife Leilah lead spiritual retreats in Hawaii and around the world.

www.doorwayintolight.org www.ipuka.org Facebook: Bodhi Be

Facebook : The Death Store / Doorway Into Light Facebook Group: Doorway Into Light Ministry of Death Instagram @ipukamaui

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