“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations offer us an opportunity to connect with our departed loved ones. This tradition is rooted in ancient harvest festivals throughout the world that have also served as a time of remembrance.
From October 31 to November 2 in the northern hemisphere, it has been customary to take this time to remember that life is short and invite departed spirits to return for a visit encouraged by food, wine and festive decorations. In Mexico, family members return...
Mortal is a visual dance of our human experience that is intertwined with birth and death. From the husband and wife filmmaking team of Bobby Sheehan and Sara Feldman Sheehan (who discuss the film in the video above), this unique documentary reminds us that we are born to learn how to die. Mortal brings this truth to us with tenderness and hope.
How do we cope with end-of-life care? How do we live on beyond the death of a beloved? How can we heal our suffering? It takes courage to truly live with dying.
Several years ago, Patti Pansa, a professional engineer and life coach, contacted me to assist her in her journey towards death.
When we met she had taken care of all the literal preparations for death: she had spoken to her family members about her wishes for end-of-life care; her last will and testament, advanced health care directives, and medical durable power of attorney were all signed and delivered to the appropriate people; a list of her important accounts with passwords sat in a folder next to her computer.
But Patti wanted more. She wanted to leave a legacy...
“I will never forget how we changed this room from a place of burden to a place of glory.” – Megory Anderson
Creating and holding sacred space for someone who is ill or dying is a simple but powerful tool. The holding of sacred space separates the area surrounding the dying from the outside world. It produces a healing environment that is safe and peaceful. We create this sacred space with intention and grace.
While there are many ways to open sacred space, the results are the same. The person being held senses the calm, nurturing embrace.
“From the moment you were born, your death has walked beside you.” – John O’Donohue.
In my private practice I have experienced amazing shifts in my clients. The techniques I have learned from the wisdom keepers around the world are amazing. I work with people who are facing death. Each of their journeys are filled with anxiety and fear. How will I manage? Where am I going?
Ron was a hard driving, athletic man before he began having random bleeds in his brain. After the first incidence he worked hard with speech and physical therapists to recover...
“I do despachos for health, love, and for business... and for the Apus.” – Don Agustín, Q’ero paqo
The signature ceremony of The Living & Dying Consciously Project is a despacho ceremony, which has been practiced for hundreds of years in the high Andes Mountains (Apus) of South America. A despacho is a prayer bundle prepared in gratitude to the earth, the mountains and the spirits that support us in this world.
All despachos have common elements and yet each has unique intentions. A despacho can be a simple offering with few ingredients or it can be an el...