Death Cafe January 30, 2019
By all measures, it was a wild success: thirty people in all, forming in two circles of fifteen to speak, listen, and learn about what they, and others think about death. We had students, elders, funeral directors, and clergy–all regular people running the gambit in age, profession and personality.
Thanks to my four co-hosts: Ali, Ken, Tylor and Nelson
Thanks to all the people who came to discuss and evolve in our understandings of our inevitable conclusion. The hosts did their job in making the space 'safe' for all voices to be heard - even the softest and to remind us all that what we sa is confidential...
RSVP for the next Death Cafe scheduled for March 27th, 2019
If you want to know more on what went on, please come to the next Death Cafe scheduled for March 27th, 2019. Consider an RSVP because we had to cap the last one, who are now first on the list. (info@GardenofChange.org)
Why I organized this Death Cafe?
Because when we avoid something (...like a conversation about death), we don't talk about it.
When we don't talk about it, we don't understand it.
When we don't understand something, we fear it.
And, fear is not a useful (or fun) operating system. Resilience is. Love is.
A synopsis by (surprisingly) Lao Tsu. (For me, it's like he was there...)
Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don't realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
― Tao Te-Ching
on a Chaplain's life