Trudy's Film Project

Speaking of Dying  is a powerful short film with a message for seniors and others that it's possible to learn about and discuss end of life choices before a crisis occurs. You can learn more about the project by visiting the website and/or contacting Trudy directly; you can DONATE toward this important work on the Speaking of Dying website or through the Paypal button at the bottom of this page.


Through End of Life Planning Groups, Personal Consultation, and RetreatsHEARTWORK provides ways for you to find the answers you are seeking. Trudy and her trusted partners bring their life and work experience, compassion and depth of heart with skill, dedication and humor to help you live a fulfilling, meaningful life and prepare for a peaceful death.

Trudy is also an inspiring, enthusiastic, and humorous speaker and story-teller. She gives presentations for large and small groups  on topics related to listening wisely, compassion, death and dying, grief and loss, volunteer motivation and creating community. Trudy is also available for weddings and commitment ceremonies, memorial services or memorial events. She is ordained in the Universal Life Church.

"The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do heartwork."
Rainier Maria Rilke

Trudy James, MRE, is a trained hospital chaplain who graduated from the University of Kansas and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. After raising three children, she came into non-profit CareTeam recruitment and training through the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s. Since 2008, she has facilitated over 65 community-based end of life planning series called "A Gift for Yourself & Your Loved Ones." She has also led many grief and loss groups and officiated at memorial services and weddings. In 2015, Trudy  created a certification program for her end of life planning series and there are now 10 certified Heartwork facilitators leading groups in the Pacific Northwest.

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"It is only with the heart that one sees rightly - what is essential is invisible to the eye."

A. Saint Exupery in The Little Prince

There is a longing in many hearts for a place of deep listening.

‚ÄčThere are times when one needs a time out with others who can understand a desire for meaning,

the weariness of prolonged care giving, the pain of grief, the hope for good endings.

Sometimes a person craves a small group or community where deep experiences can be shared.

This is what HEARTWORK offers you.


"Thank you for modeling care and compassion at every meeting and event I ever attended with you over the years.  You inspired us all to be better people."  ~ End of Life Planning Group Participant

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