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Making Meaning of the Ending of Days in Edmonton, AB
June 14, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sun. June 14th, 2015 (9:30am-3:30pm)
Making Meaning of the Ending of Days
$100 Early-bird, $130 cash at the door
$118 General Admission, $130 cash at the door
$100 Seniors/ Students, $105 cash at the door
Venue: The Bennett Centre, 9703-94 Street, Edmonton, AB Canada T6C 3W1
Many among us now are crazy for meanings, and crazed by seeking them out. The meanings of life aren’t inherited. What is inherited is the mandate to make meanings of life by how we live. The endings of life give life’s meanings a chance to show. The beginning of the end of our life, and maybe our way of life, is now in view. It has always been there. This isn’t punishment, any more than dying is a punishment for being born. Instead, the world whispers: All we need of you is that you be human, now. Our work is to sort out what being human should be in such a time. This is a talk for everyone who will fail to live forever.
Consider attending Sat. June 13th, 2015 – An Introduction to Dying Wise (7-9pm)
Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, is Stephen Jenkinson’s new book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. Published by North Atlantic Books.
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. This evening begins to imagine a way of doing so.
About Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, spiritual activist, teacher, author and farmer
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 revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Stephen 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 programme 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.
Die Wise Video Trailer