April 2015 Event

Thoughts on Death, Dying, Grief and Loss
(A participatory evening)

Sandy Stork, MC

Any contemplation on the nature of death and its role in our lives should include a consideration of the phenomenon of grief. The two are so intertwined that they nourish and grow, one from the other. Sandy has long believed that grief lives within us, is a part of our being, often subtle and silent until awakened by a loss; that grief and death are not to be denied or feared but to be embraced and honored. In the last chapters of life, as we all approach death, we have an opportunity to explore our own dying and to grow into it by accepting its inevitability and the adventure it offers us.
During this evening’s presentation, we will learn how to do deep, yogic breathing to clear and settle the mind, which is necessary to inviting a richer relationship with our eternal selves. We will explore how the experience of loss and death can enrich us.  And depending on the size of the group, we might break up into small subgroups to discuss our feelings and thoughts as well, following the format that Sandy and her team use in the monthly Death Cafe gatherings.
Sandy Stork describes herself as a person who has discovered, in the autumn of her years, that her love of learning has blossomed into a deeper exploration of the nature of mind, consciousness, and spirituality. Trained as a teacher of history, her path changed course in mid-life when she moved to San Juan Island where she bought a bookstore and raised her sons in an environment of openness that challenged her conventional attitudes about life and the environment. Following graduate school at Seattle University, she worked for Harborview Hospital Mental Health with elders and in 1997 moved with her husband to their log home on Sumas Mountain in Deming.  The last 12 years of her work life was with the Nooksack Tribe where she worked with adults and elders.  After 20 years learning from the old as they approach the end of their lives, and after witnessing the trauma of tribal members as they struggle with generational grief, and then personally experiencing profound loss after the death of her husband, she came to appreciate the significance of death to our lived lives.  In August, 2013 she started Death CafĂ© of Whatcom County.  Her experiences with grief have left her with respect for death and the importance of embracing it in personal and intimate ways. For more information, visit www.deathandcoffee.com

Thursday, April 16th
7-9 pm (Doors open at 6:30)
Fairhaven Branch Bellingham Library
Fireside Room (Under Front Steps)
$5-10 Donation   (No one will be turned away)
For information: cyndy.sheldon@comcast.net

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