The Last Taboo
In order to be fully able to live life, we have to include the end of it too.
But in this country, talking about end of life matters has almost become taboo.
In this workshop Jane invites you to lessen this taboo by focusing on:
- why dealing with dying, death and grief is necessary when you want to fully embrace life
- what it means to be with, and without a body
- discovering what the ending of a life really encompasses
- how to initiate conversations with others on this subject
- what you need to do next to take care of your own end of life
An extra: Some people say that depending on your beliefs, that is what you will experience when you die. So Christians who believe in heaven or hell might end up in one of those places; a Buddhist might experience the bardos as outlined in their tradition, or a Jewish person will make sure the dead body is never left alone.
The truth is we don’t really know whether that will happen or not. Even with those who have had near death experiences and are reporting what happened to them. Can it really be said that this will happen for everyone? The answer is no – but this is an answer that is very uncomfortable for many.
Hence we do our best to manage the uncertainty of what actually happens when someone dies, and find something that we are able to believe, and that brings us comfort.
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What this workshop will help you explore is less about the individual beliefs that we have in our society, and more about considering what it is that constitutes a person who has a body that then dies. Does that mean the person isn’t here anymore? What are they if they are not a body? Indeed, where are they?
Jane will be inviting participants to really begin to examine what they think, feel and believe about dying, death and the following grief, regardless of their religion or spirituality.
When you are able to do this, you are able to make useful decisions about your own end of life, in such a way that you can maximize your chances of it ending in the way you most wish.
A mixture of the pragmatic, the esoteric and the spiritual, this workshop promises to highlight questions on this subject, and enable you to be more comfortable with either not knowing the answers or finding answers that work for you.