In Autumn's Cocoon 

End of Life Education and Guidance

Inspiring Stories


A gentle welcome to In Autumn's Cocoon. I sense that if you have found your way to this web site you are facing a very tender life transition.  You may be companioning someone at the end of their life, facing your own death or grieving the loss of a loved one.  You may also be searching for information to help someone you know better understand this immense time of change.

Autumn maple leaf on log

Colourful leaves that are anchored to the tree’s branch for life, take their last flight in autumn symbolizing the end of a cycle.  When people near death and their final breath, they often physically and emotionally “cocoon in”.  It is similar to what a new born infant upon birth looks like.   When people grieve they too often “cocoon in” to be in the quiet of their own hearts as they heal and re-discover themselves without their loved one near. 

Autumn cup of tea and scarf

Autumn images remind us of a time of introspection: of cozy blankets, warm fires and nurturing cups of tea when the cool air and prospect of winter moves in. 

It is a time that evokes protection and safety, heartfelt reflection and sharing with those most dear to us.  It is a season often stunning in its array of colour as the leaves change and prepare to die.

Autumn is metaphoric  of the dying and grieving process.

Though challenging there can be breath taking moments of love and grace when supported openly. 

In Autumn’s Cocoon was created to offer end of life education to the public and professionals.  We are often taught the mechanics of death, dying and grief, but not how to prepare for the impact on our hearts and humanity.  Emotions can run high.  My presentations help soften the fear, provide important information and support an opening to the gifts at play during this tender life transition.

I offer workshops, courses, and talks on the subject from years of professional and personal experience in the hospice field.  Information will be posted regularly on upcoming events.  Please also visit the blog section for a sharing of stories and life lessons.


Barbara Morningstar