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.
We are living through the most exciting and most challenging times in human history, if not the history of planet.
Let’s start with Anaximander, who said everything forming in Nature incurs a debt which it must repay so that other things may form, which I see as the essence of evolution and a fascinating take on Dying to Live.
Deepak shares his reflections on Death and shows us how coming to terms with our own beliefs about it can liberate us.
All of our ancestors and most of our relatives are immortal. We aren't. How come?
Learning the skills of dying occurs in the course of living deeply and well.
Brenda weaves traditional medicine, Buddhism, mindfulness, Toltec energy medicine and ancient calendar teachings to help others understand the times we are in as humanity.
Lama Rod Owens holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation.
In his meetings Rupert explores the perennial non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions.
Instead of denying aging, avoiding death, or fantasizing about some after-life for “me”, Joan points to fully embracing the total disintegration and loss of control that growing old and dying—and living and loving and being awake—actually entails.
In our world right now there are economic and political and surveillance systems that need help in dying.
Our ability to meet each moment in life with awareness benefits us immensely at the time of death.
Dr. Long has investigated thousands of near-death experiences (NDEs) with the results of his research published in the New York Times bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.
In the Sufi tradition, there is a saying, “Die before death.” For Sufis, this is an exhortation to befriend death and the process of letting go as a daily spiritual practice.
How does one choose to walk closely to the dying every day?
Modern dreams of death and dying are deeply "humanistic", tethered to a vision of the self as independent and removed from "nature".
Life and death are not the opposites the modern mind has made them to be.
Caring for people who are dying can be an intense, intimate, and deeply alive experience. It often challenges our most basic beliefs.
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.
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