Amy Wright Glenn

Loving, Dying, and Letting Go

What does it mean to love?

What does it mean to die?

And how can we “let go”? 

Every fall, author, doula, and hospital chaplain, Amy Wright Glenn offers a transformative and personal exploration of these questions in an 13-hour, live, online workshop.

Have you recently experienced grief due to death or the loss of an important relationship? Are you a caretaker working with the bereaved? Do you wonder what it means to face your own death, or the death of those you love? If so, this workshop is for you.

Registration now open for the July 2019 session


Participants will gather online for four consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning July 2nd from 6:00-8:00pm EST.  Eight hours of the workshop consist of live, online time with Amy via webinar, and video consultation. Five hours of the workshop consist of personal reading, writing, and study.

Participants in overseas time zones, or those who are unable to attend one or more of the sessions live., are welcome to watch the recordings of the four modules. Recordings will be made available to all enrolled in the workshop for unlimited access during our study. One need not attend the live modules to complete the workshop.

The four modules of Loving, Dying, and Letting Go focus on key themes present in Amy’s second book Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go published by Parallax Press.

Module topics include:

  1. What does it mean to love? How is attachment formed? What are the various types of love known in human experience? How do you love? Who do you love?
  2. What does it mean to die? How do various world traditions approach the topic of dying? When have you known death? What are your hopes and fears?
  3. How can we love fully in a world of letting go? What does it mean to hold space for loss? How do you work with the energies of fear? How can you both love and die?
  4. Participants will be asked to integrate knowledge gained in the preceding weeks and share personal reflections on what it means to love, die, and let go given their own specific life circumstance, relationship context, work etc. Participants will be encouraged to work with the energy of fear, transform the energies of hurt, and move forward in loving, dying, and letting go with great courage.

All enrolled in Loving, Dying, and Letting Go receive a PDF syllabus and weekly email assignments. Reading, writing, and personal reflection are central to preparing for each of the four modules and Amy is in active contact via email with those enrolled in the workshop. All participants are required to read Holding Space by Amy Wright Glenn as they apply the questions outlined above to their own life journeys.  To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend live — or view the provided recordings —  of all four modules as well as successfully turn in written work.

*Members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death, the National Home Funeral Alliance, and INELDA receive 50 percent off of the workshop tuition, paying $150 upon registration. Scholarships also available for those working with at-risk or marginalized communities.

*** All who register by the end of April 2019, pay the scholarship rate of $100. ***

Contact Amy for registration information.


“Amy has a way to draw in an audience with her use of personal stories and lived experiences.  She is knowledgeable about issues that come up at the beginning and end of life, and delivers the message with gentle hands and grace.” 

~Jennifer Mallmes, End of Life Care Educator at Douglas College, Vancouver, Canada 



Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Amy is a (CD)DONA birth doula, hospital chaplain, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Amy is a regular contributor to PhillyVoice and is the author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula and Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go.

Amy teaches both online and in-person Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings. Hundreds of birth and mental health professionals have taken this course. Read through their testimonials here.