After the Last Breath Course

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Next Course begins: 2 September 2024. Booking Closes 26 August 2024.

Optional live online discussion sessions: 4 September, 18 September, 9 October, 30 October all at 7pm.

After someone’s last breath often people ask “What’s the right thing to do now?” … and what is the right thing to do?

In this online course you will learn how to discern what is right for you, those around you and the person who has taken their last breath. Our aim is that you will gain the knowledge, confidence and curiosity to support you to follow your instincts so that a death may be a meaningful and life-affirming experience. We demystify what happens to someone’s body when they die and the journey from their last breath to their burial or cremation. Attention is given to preparing for the last breath, practical body care, soul care, psychological responses, dynamics and relationships,  opportunities for meaningful connection and lots more. 

The course is suitable for everyone, with any or no spiritual or religious belief. No prior knowledge or experience is required.

Our live online sessions are an opportunity to discuss and deepen the course materials and also for the course participants to share their knowledge and experience. They are usually a lively and insightful – and optional – part of the course. 

The number of participants on each course is limited to 12 to support an effective discussion group. 

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The course is offered for £120. All payments go towards the expenses for the course and the work of the charity. If you have difficulty paying, then do get in touch with us – we want everyone who needs it to have access to this information. Please contact us if you would like to discuss payment or any other barrier.

Note: The course is a pre-requisite for joining our voluntary network in Scotland, the Daisy Chain. If you become an active member we will offer to refund any payment you made for the course.

To book a place on the course please complete the Booking Form (word)  or Booking Form (pdf).

To find out more please email

Pushing Up The Daisies is a Scottish Charity and so the legal and cultural perspective is specific to Scotland. However, most of the course material is generally applicable to other cultures.

Feedback from course participants

“So much has changed in my thinking since I did this course”

“The course materials were absolutely invaluable and have given me a wonderful folder full of resources.”

“You have taken the whole idea of death out of institutions and back into our homes.”

“You have given us back the spaces in between.”


Course participants based in Scotland have the option of applying to be a link in our Daisy Chain around Scotland – volunteers assisting, advising and promoting our work. This can range from publicising local events, speaking to local groups and holding our “Round the Kitchen Table” events to giving one-to-one advice to people making plans for their death or in the process of arranging someone’s burial or cremation. The input depends on a volunteer’s interest, skills and availability.

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Thank you for contributing towards the essential costs of our charity. We depend on donations to keep the charity running for the benefit of everyone in Scotland, and beyond.

If you are currently a UK taxpayer please  complete a gift aid declaration to boost your donation by 25p for every £1 you donate. Email this form to

Slow Down When Someone Dies

by Lin Carruthers and Kate Clark

Do the lights go out when someone dies? Are you in the dark about what to do when a person takes their last breath? This life-affirming guide encourages and enables you to explore the options for everyone involved.

It is currently available in paperback and eBook format. It is also available as a pdf by donation from

We are working on making it available in local bookshops in June 2023.

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This module explores an approach to preparing for your Daisy Days which takes account of yourself and also those central to your life. It covers who can legally make arrangements for you, how to begin, the influences on decisions, explorative conversations, and gives step-by-step guidance to write your “After My Last Breath” letter.

You will receive a link to:

  • watch the module video (approx 30 mins)
  • download the video transcript
  • download an illuminating exercise
  • access other useful resources.

The “Buy Module” button below takes you to PayPal, where you can pay via your PayPal account or use a credit/debit card as a guest. Once you have paid, click on the “Return to Seller” button at the bottom of the page and you will be taken directly to the Module webpage.

To be able to access the materials in the future, you need to store the Module webpage address. Your PayPal receipt gives this address in the Description field. Once on the Module webpage you can give your email address to receive the webpage address by email too.

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