Stephen Jenkinson: Transforming the Language of Death

By UPLIFT on Monday April 24th, 2017

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

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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11 Responses to Stephen Jenkinson: Transforming the Language of Death

  1. I am so excited that my daughter sent this to me this morning. I cared for the elderly and frail for some decades and witnessed many a passing, with colours swirling around the patient, spirit voices, breezes, orbs. A privilege and confirmation. I was linked with Elizabeth K Ross decades ago and in 1999 finally awarded a certificate from Felicity Warner as a Soul Midwife. Now 80 years old my own transition is nearer. I would love to link with UPLIFT. Sincerely, with love. Margaret Coles.

    • Wow – what a beautiful journey you’ve had Margaret! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 We would love to connect with you, I would recommend sending an email to [email protected] to do so 🙂

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing 💖

      Team UPLIFT

  2. I am a retired Oncology nurse and was a fan of Elizabeth Kubler Ross’s writings. I felt that because I did not believe death was an ending but more of a transformation that it made be a better Oncology nurse. Where some of the nurses I worked with had a hard time dealing with the subject they would ask me to talk to their patient.

    • What a beautiful perspective and way to find peace with what many of us do find difficult. Thank you for sharing Mary 🙂

      Much love,
      Team UPLIFT

  3. Energy of a being is and will always be energy can not dissipate therefore the mystery is for sure what we should ponder wish them well on thier new excistance to next realm dimension or whatever awaits.

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