Death Café: A Public Event Held Around the World (this one is online)
Based on the work of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz, the Death Café was developed by Jon Underwood to help all of us change our relationship to the one certain consequence of birth: death.
Caring for an elderly parent, grieving a loved one, or young and fit, we all eventually confront mortality, our own and that of those we love. The question we might ask ourselves is, do we want to prop up fear, rigidity, or confusion, or do we want to relate to death with compassion, fluidity, and curiosity?
At a Death Café, we gather and, with gentle facilitation, chat about our own experiences and perspectives relating to death. We share what feels present, relevant, and safe to share. We listen with respect and avoid trying to fix others' problems or give advice. We come together to, in a word, relax with death.
Our shared intentions are to expand awareness, take part in healing society’s taboos around aging and death, and to feel motivated to make the most of our lives.
All are welcome. Sarah Jane provides guidelines for participation at the outset and facilitates to prevent hierarchies or imposition of views.
Fall 2021 Death Café via Zoom Tuesday, December 7, 7-8:30pm Eastern Time (U.S.) Free to all, donations to support facilitation optional. Zoom link provided via email upon registration.
EOL Course: Mindful Approaches to End-of-Life Matters (online)
Life and death are inextricably linked. Recognizing the fleeting nature of life can help us live with more purpose and joy. It can also motivate us to plan so that the dying process may be lived through with less distraction, and with fewer worries for our loved ones.
In this 4-week course we discuss cultural variations in approaches to death, our ideas of empathetic care and a good death, and the practical paperwork that will take the guesswork out of decisions for all involved. We start each session with a short mindfulness meditation and undertake exercises that gently open the door to topics that may seem taboo. As we go, we clarify our values, which transforms how we live now. This course is for people interested in or engaged in matters relating to death, dying, bereavement, palliative and end of life care, personally or professionally. Interactive components meant to enrich our relationship to complex topics will be facilitated under guidelines that promote respect and privacy.
Winter 2022 course via Zoom 4 Mondays: January 10, 17, 24 & 31 7-8:30pm Eastern Time (U.S.) $80. Zoom link provided upon registration.
Doula Care: Mindfulness-Based Companionship and Guidance for Clients and Families
Starting at any stage of adult development, moving mindfully toward death can infuse the life we have available to us right now with greater poignancy and joy. Sarah Jane is a certified end-of-life doula and mindfulness facilitator with a mission to companion folks who are living with a terminal diagnosis or approaching the end of life, as well as their families. Through online consultation or regular in-person sessions, Sarah Jane encourages peace and meaning at the end of life by sensitively and respectfully assisting in the following ways:
Companioning by reading, walking, guiding meditation or gentle movement, listening, or holding silence
Developing legacy projects, from recording life reviews to making photo albums to editing memoirs
Providing resources for alternative death care options and green burial
Planning a home vigil, including setting up an environment and communicating desired visitor protocols
Serving as a steady presence and resource for family who may feel anxious or uncertain
Each person's end-of-life needs and wishes, and the types of support welcomed by their families, are unique. Therefore, each doula-client relationship and arrangement is unique. Please contact Sarah Jane to schedule a phone call and begin a discussion.