Imagine the opportunity to transform your own view of death, diminish your fears and re-frame your relationship to living and dying.
As with childbirth, over the past century institutions have taken over the field of after-death care. Because of this, our culture has forgotten the traditional customs and rituals that keep the family involved, and we miss opportunities for healing and connection during this sacred transition.
Family-led home funerals offer a natural, sacred, affordable and ecological approach. Hundreds of families who have returned to the tradition of home funerals have afterwards repeated this statement, “now that I have experienced a home funeral I can’t imagine doing it any other way.” Instead of feeling fear at having their loved one’s body remaining at home for 1-3 days, they felt comforted, and reported that it helped them process and integrate their person’s death.
This presentation/interview will inform you of how families can create a personal ceremony/ritual for their loved one at home, from pre-planning consultations to the final destination for disposition. You will learn about the many new choices of disposition arising from cultural, ecological and economical needs and desires. Preparing and filing a death certificate by a family is legal in most states allowing a family autonomy from a funeral home or mortuary.
A wake or vigil to honor our beloved can include preparing the body in a bathing blessing ritual using oils and herbs, an anointing and shrouding ceremony, building and/or decorating a casket, creating many types of altars, creating memorial or honoring services in the home that could have a priest, rabbi, minister, shaman or family member officiate.
Modern dreams of death and dying are deeply "humanistic", tethered to a vision of the self as independent and removed from "nature".
Caring for people who are dying can be an intense, intimate, and deeply alive experience. It often challenges our most basic beliefs.
Learning the skills of dying occurs in the course of living deeply and well.
Our ability to meet each moment in life with awareness benefits us immensely at the time of death.
Heart-break is painful. There is no way around that. The loss of a loved one is devastating. It breaks you down. It tears you apart. The life that you thought you were living is no more. The person you thought you were, has died with your loved one.
All of our ancestors and most of our relatives are immortal. We aren't. How come?
In our world right now there are economic and political and surveillance systems that need help in dying.
Deepak shares his reflections on Death and shows us how coming to terms with our own beliefs about it can liberate us.
A growing chorus of scientists and philosophers argue that free will does not exist.
The place of consciousness in the natural world is arguably the greatest mystery facing modern science
A doctor explains “Cognitive Bypassing” & how it’s keeping us trapped in our trauma.
For hundreds of thousands of years, human beings worked through trauma communally through ritual practices.
A conversation with Dr. Gabor Maté, hosted by Maurizio & Zaya Benazzo.
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