DIE WISE Making Meaning ~ New York, NY

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DIE WISE Making Meaning ~ New York, NY

October 13, 2017 @ 8:30 am - October 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Stephen Jenkinson - Die Wise - A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul - Nautilus Award

The Art of Dying Conference:  October 13th & 14th, 2017 at the The New Yorker Hotel, 34th St. & 8th Avenue, New York, NY
Spiritual, Scientific and Practical Approaches to Living & Dying
Tickets: Please note that the full conference schedule, times, & prices will be available shortly.
For additional information visit https://www.artofdying.org/art-dying-conference-6-overview/ or email artofdying@opencenter.org.


Oct 13th: (10-4pm) day long talk by Stephen Jenkinson : Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul
Die Wise is Stephen Jenkinson’s latest book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. (2015 Nautilus Award Winner  video link)
Dying well is not a matter of enlightened self-interest or personal preference. Dying well must become an obligation that living people and dying people owe to each other and to those to come. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Not a seven step coping strategy, not an out-clause for trauma or sorrow, Die Wise is for everyone who, hell or high water, is not going to pull off eternity after all. Dying is not the end of wisdom and wisdom not exhausted by dying. Dying could be and must be the fullest expression and incarnation of what you’ve learned by living. It’s a moral obligation to die well. 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.

Oct 14th: 8:30am-10:10am: one-hour plenary by Stephen Jenkinson: Tangled Garden of Wisdom and Grief
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. “Grief: It’s how you love all those things in life that end.”​​​

Die Wise Video Trailer

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW – Spiritual Activist, Author
Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School founded in 2010. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work) he is redefining what it means to live, and die well. Apprenticed to a master storyteller, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former program director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school, consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations and educator and advocate in the helping professions.
He is also a sculptor, traditional canoe builder whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture.
He is the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul (a book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life, released March 2015), 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). He was also a contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies(2007).
Stephen is the subject of Griefwalker, a National Film Board of Canada film (2008). Griefwalker video trailer



October 13, 2017 @ 8:30 am
October 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Orphan Wisdom


The New Yorker Hotel
481 34 Street & 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10001 United States
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