Zen Hospice Project's Open Death Conversation: End of Life Contemplations
Saturday, December 9, 2017
In this class 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 class is not easy... but it is necessary.
Expanding on our evening Open Death Conversation sessions, this class incorporates guided meditations and experiential exercises that in turn guide the discussions.
ODC: End of Life Contemplations 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. Subjects include:
- Nine Contemplations of Atisha Meditation
- Loss Exercise
- Walking with Mortality
- Guided Death Contemplation
- Advanced Directives
- Group Meditation
Like the ODC evening groups, 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 class 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.
Return Students Encouraged
Each meditation, exercise and discussion is never the same twice. In taking the class again, you will notice what arises in you THIS time as you change and grow. Most importantly, the group is always new. Much of our learning comes from the diverse perspectives of each other, connecting through mindful conversation.
Trained facilitators will lead participants through experiential activities, guided contemplations, writing exercises, group sharing and meditation.
We offer a friendly atmosphere, comfortable seating and light refreshments. Drawing inspiration from the thousands of heartfelt conversations that Zen Hospice Project has had over the years of caring for dying persons and their families, we invite you to join us.
The cost of admission is $150 but no one will be turned away due to financial hardship. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a reduced fee.