A course for compassionate Catholics, caregivers, and people who are dying.


Online via Zoom

Tuesdays, January 23 to March 05, 2024  ●  07.00 PM – 08.30 PM


In spring 2023, 90 people participated in Horizons of Hope, a four-module program developed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to empower and educate Catholics about palliative care, dying, death, suffering, accompaniment and holistic bereavement. The program was offered by Good Shepherd and Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishes, and online via Zoom. Participants loved the program but many wanted more!

In response, the Archdiocese has adapted the CCCB modules and developed new content to provide a more comprehensive course that includes:

  • Catholic teaching on the Last Things (death, judgement, heaven, hell).
  • Practical tools for planning ahead.
  • More information on the Catholic response to “medical assistance in dying” (“MAiD”).
  • Information on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and Catholic funeral rites.

Course Overview

The purpose of Preparing for a Happy Death and the Life to Come is to engage Catholics in the ancient prayer and practice of preparing for a happy death and the fullness of life to come. The course is divided into five regular Modules and one extended “Workshop” Module that can be open to your whole parish. The modules include:

1. Let’s Talk About Death and the Afterlife

2. Understanding the Human Experience of Dying

3. Planning for the End of Life

4. Accompanying Those at the End of Life

5. Becoming a Compassionate Community

6. Catholic Sacraments and Funeral Rites

Facilitator Training

In this online train-the-trainer course, parish staff and volunteers interested in presenting Preparing for a Happy Death and the Life to Come in their parishes (or deaneries) will have the opportunity to:

  • Become familiar with the course content and resources.
  • Share ideas and learn from others.
  • Facilitate at least one small group discussion.
  • Make suggestions to revise or modify content.
  • Ask questions about the course and how it can be presented/adapted in parishes.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate with other individuals and/or parishes.


The train-the-trainer course will be led by Alana LaPerle, Campaign and Integrated Initiatives Coordinator and lead for Hope & Dignity: A Catholic Response to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Alana hosted both the in-person and online Horizons of Hope program for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Sherwood Park and prepared a detailed evaluation report on the pilot project. Alana is also the author/developer of the Facilitator’s Guide for Preparing for a Happy Death and the Life to Come.

For more information and to register:

Please contact Alana at or call 780-446-9009.