Saturday, October 26
Zen Hospice Project's Open Death Conversation: End of Life Contemplations Workshop is a guided journey into our own dying process. It is a wake-up call to the reality of death, and serves to make more intimate our relationship with our own mortality. These practices help us view the full arc of our lives in a realistic way. They also promote compassion towards others who are going through the end of life experience.
In this workshop we get in touch with the final stage of life. Doing so enables us to more completely prepare for our eventual end of life experience, from emotional reactions to practical considerations. Like dying, this session is not easy... but it is necessary. This workshop incorporates guided meditations and experiential exercises that in turn guide the discussions. Conversation remains the vital element of class. After each exercise we sit, integrate, and share our experiences one-on-one, in small groups, and together as a whole. As the day progresses, our discussions get deeper and our connections grow stronger. Before the session closes we address Advance Directives and practical issues around end of life care. We consider what we may want for ourselves, how to assist others in receiving the care they prefer, and tools to get prepared.
The Open Death Conversation: End of Life Contemplations is special in serving as a peaceful retreat, a chance to deeply bond with like-minded people, and an opportunity for profound personal growth.
Topics explored include:
- Preparing for Death Meditation
- Loss Exercise
- Walking with Mortality
- Guided Death Contemplation
- Advance Directives
- Group Meditation