Overview

The Dying Well Initiative’s core objective is to facilitate an ongoing, global conversation about death, dying and grief. Our priority is to continuously share resources and innovative options including an expert interview series, to educate and empower the wellness industry and the consumer.

Death is the bookend to birth, yet it is much more resisted, unplanned and often avoided in most cultures today. The collective impact of the pandemic, and baby boomers and their elder parents approaching later life, formal religion declining, medicalization of dying, and increased urbanization across the globe is contributing to many more people dying alone or under suboptimal conditions.

Death is part of the wellness conversation. It is being re-thought from what a healthy end-of-life looks like to a surge in eco-friendly and creative burial options. Henry Fersko-Weiss, creator of the death doula, shares, “People that face death and impermanence live differently, better and more consciously; they realize that how they live matters; they make wiser choices about how they spend time and about how they relate to other people.”

The Dying Well Initiative, lead by Amy McDonald and Diane Doster, has slated four primary goals for 2022:

    • Goal 1: Host and promote monthly Interviews with global experts on topics related to Dying & Grieving Well
    • Goal 2: Launch an Impact Technology Project
    • Goal 3: Continuously identify global experts to contribute to this Initiative and Collect resources to share on the GWI Dying Well webpage and our LinkedIn page.

Amy McDonald
UNITED STATES

Initiative Co-Chair

Amy McDonald, Owner Principal, Under a Tree Health and Wellness Consulting, United States
Amy McDonald is the owner of Under a Tree, a 15- year firm specializing in the business of wellness and has designed renowned international  experiences that support optimal health and financial sustainability. Specialties include customized turnkey concept, development and operational consulting for independent hotels, brands and integrated medicine clinics. Amy is committed to taking the best of integrative wellness and hospitality service to the senior care and Death Positive space. She was inspired to create and now Co Chair the Dying Well Initiative after supporting both her parents through their end-of-life journeys in their home.

 


Diane Doster
UNITED STATES

Initiative Co-Chair

Diane Doster, Chief Relevance Officer & Founder, Project Relevance, United States
Diane has spent more than 25 years as a human performance and wellbeing expert in roles that span from exercise physiologist to consultant/entrepreneur and executive leader for a large global company. Her roots were established in evidence-based approaches to heal and optimize life experience; always with an integrative approach of mind and body. Today Diane is the Chief Relevance Officer and Founder of Project Relevance, a B2B advisory company focused on advancing health & wellbeing innovations for living, aging & ending well. Through Project Relevance, Doster serves as a fractional Chief Relationship Officer for three wellbeing brands and is the Founder of a collaboration business model called Sand Circles. She earned a Masters of Science in Physiology/Human Performance from the University of Oregon, she has been certified as a level practitioner in NLP, Hypnotherapy, and Timeline therapy. Diane’s philosophical approach has and remains focused on human potential, resilience and daily lifestyle choice as a pathway for optimizing any situation. Diane lives in Phoenix & Sedona Arizona and spends her free time hiking, gardening and hot yoga.


Initiative Members

Dr. Candi K. Cann

Dr. Candi K. Cann
UNITED STATES

Liz Eddy

Liz Eddy
UNITED STATES

Michael Hebb

Michael Hebb
UNITED STATES

Dr. Andrew Mayo

Dr. Andrew Mayo
UNITED STATES