The Process of Dying
Two Sessions Examining the Harmful Impact of Modern
Views of Death and Offering Healthy Alternatives
In this two-session workshop, the Reverends Joelle Johns and Kathleen Reeves will critically examine the denial of death by medical technology, problems with the for-profit death industry, its negative impact on the environment, and offer healthy alternatives for the environment and our psyche that are based on the insights of Buddhism and process thought.
Yes, it’s that conversation, the one no one wants to have. But this one comes with a different perspective: a process and Buddhist outlook on the death industry’s impact on the environment and alternatives. Death and dying has been taken out of the hands of families and our ancestral wisdom has been lost. We don’t know how to die anymore. That often leads to painful, exhausting, and invasive but fruitless procedures from a medical industry that perceives death as failure. It leads to environmentally devastating practices that feeds a for-profit funeral industry. There is a way to reclaim our own dying, to have a good death with quality of life toward the end, and give back to the earth through green options. We also address the “Death File” and what should be included.
About the Instructors
Joelle Johns is an interfaith minister, community/hospice chaplain, certified end of life doula, and pastoral thanatologist.
Kathleen Reeves is an interfaith minister, hospice chaplain, bereavement coordinator, and death midwife.