Death, dying and bereavement are the most difficult topics to discuss and the most sensitive to handle, both personally and professionally. With the right knowledge and skills they become the most rewarding conversations.

We want to make you comfortable and confident so you can give the best care and support to your clients and to yourselves.

We offer a range of tailored, bespoke or off the shelf courses to suit your needs. Our courses are available face to face or virtually.

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Health and Social Care Professionals

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We offer half day and full day courses to health and social care staff and any professionals who touch on end of life care in their role and would benefit from understanding and knowing more about end of life conversations, end of life care planning and bereavement.

Our courses are particularly suited to social workers, nurses, health care assistants, doctors, allied health professionals, community workers, celebrants and funereal industry staff, alternative therapists, ministers and charities dealing with end of life advice and care.

End of Life Conversations and Planning

The introductory half day course will enable participants to gain confidence in talking about end of life care, understand end of life care planning and advance care planning and contribute to the advance care planning process. The full day course covers additional communication skills in end of life care including strategies and practice in opening and progressing advance care planning conversations.

This training was excellent

Engaging, informative and empowering expert advice

I feel more confident about future end of life conversations

Loss, grief and bereavement

This half day training will help participants understand the impact of grief with the aim of helping others navigate the healing process. It covers the multidimensional effects of grief on a person, the theories of grief and loss, the wider impact of loss on a family, as well as sources of support.
Attendees that have attended found the course:

Inspiring, inclusive, thought provoking, informative and reassuring

Very interactive, great mix of knowledge, information, examples & exercises

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Future Matters Training

Future Matters is a comprehensive training around end of life care conversations and planning for end of life care. This 4 day course enables participants to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to raise awareness of the importance of planning for end of life care and support others to have open conversations and put plans in place.

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This course covers:

Module 1: Introduction to end of life care planning
Module 2: Wills and Powers of Attorney
Module 3: Advance Care Planning
Module 4: End of life services and funerals
Module 5: Loss, grief and bereavement
Module 6: Future Matters skills
Module 7: Planning and delivering workshops and events
Module 8: Supporting clients
Module 9 (optional): Delivering a Death Café

“The Future Matters Training programme was one of the best courses I have done, and a brilliant introduction to thinking and planning for death and in helping others to do the same. I learnt an enormous amount in a few short days, met some wonderful people, and had the chance to develop some really useful skills.”
Katerina Hadjimatheou, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Essex

This training is available as stand alone or with support to set up a Future Matters service.

To find out more and check availability please contact us

To date this course has been delivered to: Barnet NHS, Islington NHS, Kensington and Chelsea Citizens Advice Bureau Service, Memorial Woodlands Funeral Directors, North Central London NHS and St Christopher’s Hospice.


Taking Care of Your Future

This half day workshop informs participants about the importance of end of life care planning and empowers them to complete advance care plans. It covers the taboo of death and dying, the challenges and benefits of end of life care conversations; and it informs participants of the different planning tools (Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Care plans). During the session participants will be supported to start an advance statement of wishes and preferences for their health and care needs.

The workshop has been delivered to carers in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kingston, Wandsworth, Westminster, Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church and the North London’s women group.

To find out more and check availability please contact us

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Gentle Dusk develops and delivers workshops, seminars, talks and courses to suit your needs. To further discuss your bespoke training requirements email us at

Case Study

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Gentle dusk developed training for Hospice UK as part of their Compassionate Employers programme, helping organisations to better support their employees who are affected by terminal illness, caring and bereavement.

This programme has been delivered by Gentle Dusk to various companies including Anchor Hanover, Deutsche Bank, Northern Trust and PwC.

Mireille Hayden has in-depth knowledge about the topic of death, dying and bereavement. She is solution orientated and has worked collaboratively with Hospice UK to develop our bereavement workshops. She is passionate about the subject matter. During our Bereavement workshops she has delivered a wonderful balance of theory and practical advice as well as drawn on her clinical experience to engage compassionately with workshop attendees.

Michelle Jardine
Compassionate Employers Programme Manager, Hospice