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DIE WISE Evening Talk ~ Istanbul, Turkey

June 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Stephen Jenkinson - Die Wise - A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul - Nautilus AwardMaking Meaning of the Ending of Days: Live Deeply, Die Wise
A Talk by Canadian author Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW

Tuesday,  June 18th (7:30 – 9:30pm)
Ticket link / Bümed Member: 250 TL / Guest: 300 TL
Venue: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Mezunlar Derneği – BÜMED, İstanbul
Address: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Güney Kampüs 6 No’lu Lojman, Bebek, İstanbul
Contact: Sepin Inceer, sepin@sepininceer.com, Phone: +90 532 646 93 17
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Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul is Stephen’s latest book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. (2015 Nautilus Award Winner  video link)

A good death is everyone’s right.​ ​The idea makes no sense in a culture that doesn’t believe in dying at all.​ ​Grief is the radical etiquette needed by a death phobic, grief illiterate time.​ ​Dying is the fulfillment, not the end, of life.​ ​
From a young age we see around us that grief is mostly an affliction, a misery that intrudes into the life we deserve, a rupture of the natural order of things, a trauma that we need coping and management and five stages and twelve steps to get over.
Here’s the revolution: What if grief is a skill, in the same way that love is a skill, something that must be learned and cultivated and taught? What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway? Though addicted to security, comfort and managing uncertainty, our culture could learn to honour, teach and live grief as a skill, as vital to our personal, community and spiritual life as the skill of loving. In a time like ours, grieving is a subversive act.
Dying can be – and must be — the fullest expression and incarnation of what you’ve learned by living. Discover what death can be with Stephen, who is revolutionizing our experiences of grief and dying.
Die Wise Video Trailer

For Stephen, how you die is the proving ground, the cradle, and the grave for every conviction you may have about justice and mercy, about the meaning of life, about what love should look like and what it should do. Stephen has worked with dying people and their families for two decades, with nurses and caregivers in and outside of the medical context.

Explore with him what he has learned about the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Discover why dying is not the end of wisdom and why wisdom is not exhausted by dying. Learn why dying well is not only a spiritual obligation, says Stephen, “but also a moral obligation….If you love somebody, if you care about the world that’s to come after you, if you want somebody to be spared the lunacy of what you’ve seen, you’ve got to ‘die wise.’”  This talk begins to imagine a new way of doing so.

Griefwalker” – a feature length film documentary by the National Film Board of Canada.
Meaning of Death – a short film by filmmaker Ian MacKenzie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjm8gWY3etg

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW is an activist, teacher, author and farmer. He has a master’s degree in theology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toronto. He is a former programme director and medical- school assistant professor.
He is the subject of the National Film Board of Canada documentary film, ‘Griefwalker’ (2008). video trailer.
He teaches internationally. With his Nathalie Roy, Jenkinson founded the Orphan Wisdom School in 2010, which convenes in Ontario, Canada and in various places in northern Europe.
He is the author of ‘Come of Age: The case for elderhood in a time of trouble’ (2018) video trailer, ‘Die Wise: A manifesto for sanity and soul’ (2015) video trailer, ‘How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them’ (2009) and ‘Money and The Soul’s Desires: A meditation’ (2002) video trailer. He was also a contributing author to ‘Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies’ (2007).


June 18, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Orphan Wisdom


Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Mezunlar Derneği – BÜMED
Güney Kampüs 6 No'lu Lojman
Bebek, İstanbul, Turkey
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