TLC Training: Holistic Care and Companionship at the End of Life

Workshop 10.30am-4pm

To listen to me talking about a TLC workshop, please click here.

TLC stands for Tender Loving Care. TLC is a one-day workshop designed to help people explore death and dying in a safe, confidential environment. Much of the distress surrounding the prospect of losing someone you love can be rooted in feelings of utter helplessness and fear. This gentle course will help remind you of innate skills that you can use when you or others are trying to support a person who is dying – small things making a big difference. It also describes the normal dying process, giving us a framework to understand what may be happening when we witness it. TLC works effectively alongside clinical excellence – there is no conflict with the medical profession. In fact, in my experience, this knowledge can really help you advocate for someone who is at their most vulnerable. I find doctors welcome open conversations – it can actually make their jobs easier – but you often have to be the one to start them.

The workshop is equally appropriate for people who work in the field of palliative care, for complimentary therapists, and for anyone who wishes to understand more about the dying process either for themselves, or to support others – you are all extra-ordinary.

The day takes place from 10.30am to 4pm, and the format is presentation, discussion and practical exercises within a small group – audience interaction and participation is actively encouraged! It offers space for people to talk about personal experiences if they wish, to discover more about their own attitudes to death and dying, and to help remove the “deathly silence” that we have placed culturally around the subject of dying.

Being a Soul Midwife has shown me far more about death and dying than ever before. TLC offers practical skills derived from ancient wisdom in an easily accessible and practical way – extra tools in your caring “toolbox” if you will. Giving other people the time and space to be curious about death feels vital – there is no escaping our physical demise, however much we may hope it won’t happen to us or our loved ones. Digging deep to re-find these ancient, common sense skills empowers us to help ourselves and others to have a “good” death – TLC really is all about small things making a big difference.

Beautiful handout booklets and certificates of attendance are included.


“Captivating skills, all invaluable. Thank you.” HB Mar 2020

“If there was a way you could introduce this as a day for first year (nursing) students at uni, I think it would be massively beneficial” DR Sept 2019

“An enlightening day course.” BH Apr 2019

“Well-organised, good content and professional.” GS Apr 2019

“The TLC sessions provided by our soul midwife have been invaluable in supporting our staff to think more broadly about what is important at the end of someone’s life. It has helped to encourage the more traditional view of using medicine to cope at end of life and our ethos is certainly more non medicinal following our TLC sessions. I feel that our staff feel more confident when supporting someone at the end of their life as the approach is less clinical and more individualised. The staff have all thoroughly enjoyed the TLC sessions and we look forward to extending our partnership with the soul midwifery group in the future.” MR Mar 2018

“A thought provoking, insightful and loving day. Great to be able to talk openly about a subject that we rarely talk about and often avoid thinking about.  It made me realise how very simple things can make such a difference to the dying person and their families, alongside the awareness that ‘presence’ not presents is worth so much more than flowers and cards. I think the training could be helpful for everyone either to support their own friends and families or if working in a Hospice/hospital type environment. I felt that Wendy had just the right balance of delivering the training in a loving and respectful way without it being overly morbid whilst being mindful of how people were feeling. I thoroughly recommend her TLC training.” DD Apr 2016

Wendy makes a sensitive subject comfortable to discuss and easy to absorb. If we could all have this training, the end of life for any of us would be something to approach with much less fear. DF Apr 2016

It was a very special day… I think it’s nice that you offer to talk to people afterwards, offering support and just “listening”…I feel I have achieved some healing because of your presentation… I can’t fault the content, length of sessions and amount of presentation versus participation – I thought it was all wonderful and that every single person would benefit from the knowledge. EW Apr 2016