Our upcoming Living/Dying Conversations will incorporate short clips from video filmed at the “Dying Into Love” retreat with Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax of the Upaya Center, Dale Borglum of the Living Dying Project, and Bodhi Be, Sufi minister and spiritual support provider.
Living/Dying Conversations allow us to explore our experiences with grief and loss and our concerns about dying. The discussions range from the practical and painful to the wise and wonderful. Having these conversations in community, whether we are healthy or ill, we reclaim our own powerful spiritual truths, and we glean knowledge and information related to the most pivotal event in life. In doing so, our relationship to death and to life is transformed.
Death comes in its own time and its own way – children die, young people die, folks in middle age and old age die. Our ability to be present to the reality of death has a immeasurable impact on our ability to be fully present for life. When we embrace the poignance, beauty, and mystery of both sides of this full circle, our experience of being alive is profoundly enriched, and our ability to be loving and present for others shines.
~ How have grief and loss affected our lives?
~ How can we prepare for a peaceful, loving end of life?
~ What rights do I have when a loved one dies? Do those who love me know my wishes? Do I know theirs?
~ What rituals and ceremonies are helpful in anticipating death and honoring death?
~ What goes into planning a home funeral, life celebration, or memorial?
~ What resources are available to help navigate this territory?
Knowing our wishes, and understanding our rights and responsibilities, makes a world of difference when a death occurs. Whether we’re anticipating the death of a partner, parent, child, or friend, or our own death, by exploring our relationship to death in advance, we ease the burden of decisions and uncertainty at the moment of loss, for ourselves and for loved ones who are grieving.