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Stephen Jenkinson: Transforming the Language of Death

By UPLIFT on Monday April 24th, 2017

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Wisdom from a man who's life mission is to change the way we die

Griefwalker, Stephen Jenkinson, has been at the deathbed of more than a thousand people. He says death can be a wondrous and empowering mystery but we need to start talking about it differently.

“I don’t think the problem was that we weren’t talking about dying…the dilemma was, and has always been, and remains, what are we saying when we talk about dying?

The principle habits of the mind and the psyche are always manifest in the language…In a culture that’s allegedly speaking more and more about death all the time…The word ‘die’ doesn’t appear very often, the word ‘death’ even less, and ‘dead’ hardly at all.”

A former leader of a palliative care team, here Stephen shares his views on how to support death to be a positive process.

April 24th 2017
22:50

About our Guest:

Stephen Jenkinson is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, a teaching house and learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture.He is the author of Die Wise and the subject of the film Griefwalker.

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