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The YODO Course helps people make their plan for the end of life, so they can live with grace and gusto … today.

Help your community—start planning now.

Getting our affairs in order and making a plan for the end of life is something we all know we need to do. It is also one of the easiest things to put off, usually because we do not know where to start or because we just do not want to think about it. (Right? Thinking about your own death is a bit odd.) What if there were a simple 6-week course that would help us deal with expected details about life’s end while also providing a framework for us to convey the things that are most important? There is—it’s the You Only Die Once Course.

What is the You Only Die Once Course?

Based on Margie Jenkins’ books, You Only Die Once and Your Personal Planner, the YODO Course is a one-of-a-kind comprehensive 6-week course, where guests prepare for all aspects of the end of life in a personable, informational, lighthearted, interactive environment with other people. It enables them to remove future burdens for those they love, while giving the gift of passing on their life values, as well as their valuables.


Want to see what you and your course guests receive on the YODO course? Watch the video and view guest and leader materials for Session 1—Benefits of End-of-Life Planning: Getting Fitted For Your Wings.

6 Week Session Overview

The YODO Course is designed to be both HELPFUL and FUN!

Based on Margie’s approach, the YODO Course walks guests through the process of understanding why a plan is so important, what the elements of a good end-of-life plan are, and how to put a plan together … step-by-step.

Session 1
Get Fitted For Your Wings

Benefits of End-of-Life Planning

  • Understand the need for end-of-life (EOL) planning to help avoid confusion, conflict, and trauma
  • Lessen the resistance and awkwardness about EOL issues
  • Make the decision to create a written EOL Plan

Session 2
Don’t Die Till You Watch This Video

Thoughtful Planning is a Wonderful Gift

  • Create an action list of the things that matter most to you when thinking about and planning for your life’s end
  • Organize EOL Planning Files
  • Begin creating a master EOL plan

Session 3
King Of The Gypsies Funeral

Preparing Your Grand Finale

  • Think through and plan for your funeral or memorial service
  • Understand your choices about funeral and burial options
  • Include any Advanced Directives you want in your EOL Planning Files

Session 4
Who Gets The Mummy Hand When You Die, Grampa?

Passing On Your Values and Your Valuables

  • Understand importance and history of possessions and how to pass them on
  • How to pass on rituals, memories, and values
  • Make a plan for legacy giving to organizations, churches, and causes you care about

Session 5
Live Bodaciously With Grace And Gusto

Add More Joy

  • Understand the benefits of living “bodaciously” and add more joy and satisfaction to life
  • Define what activities bring you joy
  • Enrich your relationships and spirituality

Session 6
I’m About To Go Dancing

Spirituality When it Really Counts

  • Focus on spirituality and connecting with God in meaningful ways
  • Think through how to pass on your beliefs and faith
  • Understand the importance of closure

Inspired to help others live with grace & gusto?

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