HOW YOU DIE IS A GIFT TO THOSE YOU LOVE
Design the bridge you seek to cross someday
DYING IS A BRIDGE
...a literal crossing over, from this life in this body, to what lies beyond. Each breath is a step closer to the day we die. But what a tragedy to fear the inevitable. What if we could design the bridge we seek to cross someday. What if each step along the way was an intentional act of purpose, an affirmation of life, and a message of love to those we leave behind.
EVERY BRIDGE IS DIFFERENT
What if we thought of death, not as the moment of our passing, but the journey along the way. What if we lived into each step of that journey with heart, integrity, and the comforting certainty of our own mortality. What if the imminent path before us reflected the values we hold true — and the stages of declining life were paved, brick by brick with intention, clarity, purpose, and peace.
YOUR BRIDGE IS YOUR OWN
This work is an opportunity to pause, reflect, look within, and understand our own mortality. Regardless of age, health, lifestyle, or status — now is a good time to honestly explore our own values, priorities, options, and preferences when it comes to the "5 Pillars" of dying: physical, emotional, spiritual, practical and life legacy. Consider this work a blueprint of the bridge you intend to cross someday.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
While this work is deeply personal, you are not alone. Walking with you every step of the way, you have a skilled guide, expert in the nuances associated with the mortal crossing of death's bridge. This work can also be a collaborative process with family, friends, and those who may walk with you on your journey.
My husband, Jay and I just completed our Five Pillars with Akaljeet, and hasten to share how useful and lovely our experience was. Akaljeet is the ideal combination of creative, practical, and empathetic. In addition, her energy is soothing, positive and kind. We are glad to have had our time with her to ponder our end of life wishes long before our time comes.
Jackie & Jay
AN EXERCISE IN CLARITY
Imagine you have 90 days to live from today...
You are the same person you are today: same age, same relationships, same level of health, same standard of living. The only aspect that may be unique to your current reality is that 3 months from today, you will take your last breath. For this exercise, assume that your death will come after an undetermined decline in health. It's unknown how long that transition may take from how you feel today until your steady decline leads you ever-closer to the day you pass...
MEET YOUR GUIDE
In Sanskrit, Akaljeet (äh-Kähl-jeet) means undying, timeless and eternal victory. Akaljeet Khalsa is a graduate of the Brian Utting School of Massage and the prestigious Ruthie Hardee Ashiatsu School in Denver. Akaljeet holds multiple certifications in a wide variety of therapeutic modalities, including Healing Touch, Thai, sports massage & craniosacral. Most recently, Akaljeet completed the Conscious Death Coach and Sacred Passage Doula certifications at the Conscious Dying Institute of Boulder, Colorado.
A life-long student and practitioner of the healing arts, Akaljeet's extensive
professional development has taken her throughout India, Thailand, and across the United States. Her private practice spans over twenty years.
A veteran of yoga instruction specializing in Anusara, Yin and restorative practices, Akaljeet has served as lead instructor for the Integrative Therapies team at the Valley View Hospital Oncology department in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
In all aspects of her unique professional practice spanning more than two decades, Akaljeet’s holistic approach accounts for her clients’ physiological, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual well-being. She lives with her family in Carbondale, Colorado.
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