“Nora’s series of workshops were extremely informative and presented in a way that got my blood pumping and my heart pulsing to further explore death midwifery and all it entails. Her passion and dedication is apparent and beautiful on these subjects, her joy of life and respect for death created a space of openness and safety to explore all the questions, concerns and emotions that arose. I was thrilled to attend and honored to learn from such an incredible teacher. Thank you for the work you do!” — Tiffany Gray
“I was privileged to attend Nora Cedarwind’s workshops: Caring for the Dead and Death; Dying Rites and Rituals; and her four-part Death Midwife Intensive. I am registered to attend her weekend-long, hands-on intensive: Ceremonies for Life’s Thresholds workshop.
As a fellow teacher, Nora speaks at a pace that is engaging, easy to follow, and in which she is able to impart a vast amount of information. She generously shares her tangible resources including many take-home handouts, much of her personal library and bibliography list, and article and association listings for further research as well as her professional experience as a life passages facilitator. She speaks candidly and honestly covering topics that encompass the practical, the unexpected, legal rights, documents, and regulations, thorough planning and preparedness, and ethics to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of death for the dying, the family/friends, and for one’s self in the many roles of midwifery. Nora welcomes questions and leaves time to share personal experiences.
She willingly shares her contact information with her students so we feel welcomed to follow-up conversations. Nora addresses students and peers respectfully and is as willing to learn, as she is to share her knowledge.
On a spiritual level, she presents herself in the glow of the Goddess and is available as our sister, friend, mentor, minister, and priestess. Anyone who chooses to make Nora’s acquaintance will be bathed in her sincerely loving and joyful nature and will truly be blessed!
Nora has my great respect, admiration, and love and I wish her much continued success as she continues her calling ministering to those in celebration and passage.”
— Montana Autumn Spencer
“On the way home from PSG, we were very nearly killed by a deer. It sprang out from the center divide of the highway, directly into our lane, not ten feet ahead. I was driving the speed limit (70? 75?) on cruise control, in the rented SUV. I was able to tap the brake and then swerve, just barely missing its flank, without any tires leaving the road. Makes you think about your own death when you come that close. Ideally, I’d order up a death something like that — quick, unanticipated, with my wife by my side so neither of us would have to face the grief of losing the other. We’ve discussed it before. But if my death is otherwise — a slower journey, a solitary decline — I’d want it to be tended and witnessed by someone like Nora, or someone trained by her. I’d like to think I’d handle it with grace, but likely I’d have to wade through layers of fear, anger, sadness and loss at the end. I would need the soft voice, and soft eyes, and unwavering attentiveness of a midwife to escort me to that gateway. After the closing ritual of PSG, there was much hugging and farewells, and while I was hugging Nora, someone called out to her from behind me, and she replied. She apologized for the interruption, but there was never a break in her attentiveness to the moment, to the energy we were sharing in that exchange. She had remained present throughout. What a gift!
— Audra Racer
“Nora presents a difficult subject in a way that is in-depth, insightful and easy to understand and follow. As someone new to the concept of green burials and home death rituals, I learned an immense amount of information which was presented in a down-to-earth and positively framed manner.”
— Adalia S.
“Nora’s Death Midwife workshop was very focused on concrete information and useful tools for working with families and their dying loved ones. It was so practical, I felt I could finally begin to think realistically about doing this work myself by the time the workshop was over. Her warm and open presence welcomed questions and set a calm and respectful tone for the entire workshop. If you’re looking for metaphysical knowledge about deathwalking, this workshop may not be for you. But if you want to work with the dying and their families, I can’t think of anyone better to learn from than Nora Cedarwind Young.”
— Melody F
“Thank you so much for the knowledge that you shared with us during your Death Midwife Intensive workshops at PSG ’08. The amount of information you have provided to us is truly a Goddess send. There are so few people we can turn to in the Pagan Community at large to provide guidance and wisdom in the subject of the Summerland. You are truly in the forefront as an Elder. Your expertise of the subject matter (both the spiritual and physical aspects) was a very educational and an enlightening experience. Your knowledge of the subject is not confined to only Rituals for the Dying but also the legal matters by educating us to what our rights are as Americans wanting to die in our home when the time comes. Your guidance is not only for those that are dying but also those that are living. Your classes are very benificial for both Pagans and Non-Pagans. You have helped me with the knowledge and tools to write out my final wishes when my time comes to return to the Great Mother. I am now ready to live life to the fulliest because I am prepared to educate my family and friends on what I “would have wanted”.
Thank you so much for extending your hand out to us and providing this valuable service to the Community at large!
You are a wonderful teacher, mentor, friend, and sister inside the craft and out!”
— Crystal T.
“In 2008, I attended PSG in Ohio. One of the main reasons I decided to attend this year was because of Nora Cedarwind Young. She is one of my heroes and her work as a Death Midwife is remarkable. My favorite classes this year were the death midwife intensives. They were well thought out, informative and inspiring. Nora is certainly a master of her craft. I most certainly recommend Nora and her website for anyone interested in pursuing a life’s calling as a death midwife or to those who only have an interest in the dying for their own personal reasons. I look forward to continuing my studies in this field and I feel secure in the knowledge that Nora will always be there for me. She is the inspiration that keeps me going!”
“My spiritual partner and I took the intensive workshop because death and dying recently became a large part of our lives and our work. I have lost many loved ones and have witnessed first hand the unfortunate consequensences that often follow. As a society, we do not want to talk about death, so it often catches us very unprepared regardless of the circumstances. Healing the inevitable loss of a loved one is difficult enough. Healing the wounds inflicted by fighting, confusion, and misunderstandings surrounding the death can be much worse. Nora presented a sensible and compassionate framework for dealing with a life event that will touch each and every one of us, a beautiful way to honor a necessary part of our spiritual journey.
The sudden death of our Temple Crone earlier in the year hit us very hard. The aftermath was even worse. For over a year, we had been working with a very close friend and important member of one of our communities deal with cancer, and lending aid to his elderly parents and large immediate family. One week to the day after attending the final part of the workshop, we said our final goodbye to our friend and did what we could to help ease his passing and console his family. Nora’s compassion and understanding were our constant companion and comfort. Her clear and intelligent advice and information gave us useful tools to help facilitate things as smoothly as possible. We shall take our experiences with her forward in our service to Spirit and Community. We shall be forever grateful to her.”
— Thistle and Chaldean
“Nora, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for facilitating the four-class intensive on Death Midwifery at PSG this year. I’m afraid I had a rather romanticised notion of what it entailed, and your class gave me a more realistic overview of what is involved. I had no idea that it could cover such a wide range of services to the dying person and their families!
I also appreciate your understanding when I revealed to you that this class was being taught very close to my own son’s death date, and how I was concerned that I might not be able to attend because of emotions at this particular time. You were comforting and reassuring, and your own approach towards death – and your confirmation that tears can be appropriate – helped me tremendously.
I wish you had been around when my son died … it would have been a much different experience than it was, and I believe the healing would’ve begun much sooner. I look forward to attending future classes.”
— Michael Elisabeth Wilding
“I took Nora’s Death Midwife Intensive not knowing what I was getting myself into, but knowing that somehow I just needed to be there. LET ME TELL YOU – I was not dissapointed! Nora carried a wealth of knowledge and life experience That shines like a beacon though her words and keen insight. If you would like to know what to expect and/or how to go about preparing for the death of a loved one, be it how to find information on green burials or the healing and grief easing how to’s of Home funeral. From The family dynamics of death and dying, to the needs of the dying person, it would truely be in you best interest to spend some time with Nora. This workshop gave me alot to think about, and I for one will be well prepared for when my time comes. I will also be more equipped to handle death and dying as part of my own ministry. Thank You Nora. May The Lord and Lady continue to smile upon you in your works. Blessed Be.”
— Synn Crow