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Preparing for Death as a Rite of Passage 


The journey to death in our society is frequently a lonely one. Those who are dying may have no map to follow and no one to share the experience. We founded The Living & Dying Consciously Project so that family, friends and caretakers could discover more ways to actively support the dying. In doing so, they become engaged to witness the final passage, celebrate the accomplishment of navigating death as a rite of passage and have a greater sense of their own journey to come. 


Literal Instructions


Literal tasks and rituals use words in their usual or most basic sense without metaphor or allegory. Literal activities are free from exaggeration.  This includes important conversations, creating medical and legal documents, creating a file of important information, deciding what you want done with your physical remains and building a team to help you when the time for dying arrives.ily, friends and your doctor will allow you to share your wishes for your own end-of-life care and listen as others express their needs in regards to your death.


Mythic Journey


A myth is a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people that explains some natural phenomenon.  It typically involves metaphors, allegories and supernatural beings. People love myths because they tell of the universal human story of triumph and disappointment, luck and divine intervention, love and loss.  To prepare mythically for death you must tell your story and find the purpose in your life. 


Energetic Processes


There are many forms of energy. Kinetic (motion), thermal (carried by light), chemical (combustion), and radiant (from the sun) are just a few.  Scientists and shamans agree that energy can be neither created nor be destroyed (Law of Conservation of Energy).  However, it can change from one form to another. Shamans work in the world of energy, helping us to clear and restore our energy field which is accomplished with simple energy processes. Physical and emotional distress at the end of life can be lessened by these techniques.



Be the Map Maker with No Regrets


You can leave a legacy of dying well by preparing for death and creating a map for others to follow when it is their time to die. The five lessons of the No Regrets Project can be helpful in your preparation. They will remind you to be grateful for something everyday. Have the courage to be who you truly are in all your actions and expressions. Trust that the universe is there to assist you. Know that you have support enabling you to take the risks that will make all the difference. Choose joy in your life. And finally, love yourself first so that you can share that love in a balanced and authentic way with others.



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