On Sundays, August 6, 13, & 20, 2017 the Adult Education Ministry presented a series entitled Contemplating Loss and Death: A Zen Hospice Project Perspective in the Sanctuary. The presenters will be three wonderful speakers from Zen Hospice.
Part 1: Stages of Death: A Lifetime Journey
The series began on August 6 with a program led by Roy Remer, ZHP’s Director of Education and Training, on “Stages of Death: A Lifetime Journey.” Roy elaborated on the natural psycho/social stages of the dying process as a template for living life fully. By understanding the patterns of the human heart and mind at the end of life, we can prepare for what we individually deem a “good death.”
Part 2: The Variety of Losses at the End of Life
On August 13, Mary Doane presented “The Variety of Losses at the End of Life.” Living with chronic and terminal illness brings loss on a variety of levels. This presentation will clarify the ways we construct self-identity when we are healthy, and the ways this identity falls apart when we are forced to adapt to new circumstances presented by illness, and eventually death.
Part 3: Grief as Constant Companion
On August 20, Alistair Shanks presented “Grief as Constant Companion.” Impermanence is part of life. Grief, the heart’s natural response to loss, is not something we “get over” but something we learn to accommodate, and carry as constant companion.