Life, Death, Grief, and the Possibility of Joy
Through story and illustrative practice, participants will have the opportunity to explore an unusual aspect of dying and grieving, one that seeks to elevate through sensory experience and moments of gratitude even in the most challenging of times.
Simple and effective techniques will be shared that can augment the dying and grieving journeys in such a way that a more expansive experience is made possible as described in Oceana's forthcoming book, "Life, Death, Grief, and the Possibility of Pleasure".
Oceana Sawyer is an End of Life Doula focused on the liminal space of active dying and grief. She is currently researching and holding space in the realm of embodied grieving in a context of somatic abolitionism. Drawing upon her meditation practices, experience as a sensuality educator, earth-based spirituality, and an intensive study in the expressive arts and integral counseling psychology, she brings a grounded, compassionate presence to her work with individuals and groups. You can follow her on her website and participate in her online grief community on Patreon. Her first book, “Life, Death, Grief and the Possibility of Pleasure” is due out in June 2022.
Jen Mathews, MA, is a spiritual cheerleader and change maker. After her beloved died in 2011, she became passionate about sharing life-affirming perspectives on loss and joy through her writing and presentations. In her personal and unconventional TEDx Talk, “Death is Inevitable – Grief is Not,” Jen invites us to break free from the limitations and language of a grieving process and change the way we think about and respond to the death of those we love.
Jen is a founding member and organizer of the Ashland Death Cafe and the Living/Dying Alliance of Southern Oregon. As part of the Community Outreach team of the award-winning film Death Makes Life Possible, Jen has facilitated conversations on death, dying, and the afterlife with over 1,000 people in the US, the UK and Ireland. For more info, please visit JenniferMathews.com.