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Dimensions of Death

Dialogues on Death

We need to talk about death.

We have lost our natural familiarity with death. Death no longer happens routinely in our homes but in hospices and hospitals. Death has been pushed out of sight and out of mind, something to be dealt with by ‘professionals’. Many have never even seen a dead body let alone touch its coldness or hold its lifelessness in our arms. Death is the last taboo.

But we are beginning a collective conversation about death.
We are demanding the right to determine how we die.

 Death cafés are springing up where people meet and share their thoughts and experiences of death. We are creating new kinds of funerals, celebrations of a person’s life where people dance as well as wear black and weep. Some bury their dead in cardboard coffins in a field. Others watch the body burn instead of having it happen behind closed curtains. So let’s talk about death.

 ‘Dialogues on Death’ are evening meetings where Anne facilitates conversations about death, in which people not only talk about death but also explore death and dying through meditations and energy work. If you would like her to come and facilitate such a conversation in your area then simply contact us.

Workshops and Seminars with Anne Geraghty

What is death?

Death is not one thing; it is many things. It is also the end of things, a no-thing. And it is also the beginning of something else, something that our normal thinking cannot understand. Yet death is in life as well as at the end of a life, and learning the art of dying is part of being alive.

In this workshop we explore our beliefs about death and dying and discover that death is not what we fear.

Love and Death.

Death ends a life but not a relationship. The person dies but not our love for them. Yet wherever we locate the dead, in our hearts, in heaven, under the earth or at one with the source, that love has to find new ways in which to express itself.
In this workshop we explore our relationships with those we have loved and who have died. And what this means for us now and when we too are dead.

What happens when we die?

Each spiritual tradition describes what happens after death differently because myths of death reflect the cultures that gave rise to them. We no longer live like C12th Tibetan monks or mediaeval cardinals and so have to find a modern narrative of death. And just as no one can tell us the meaning of life, we have to answer that for ourselves, we have to discover for ourselves what is the meaning of our death.

In this workshop we examine our contemporary experience of dying to develop modern understanding of death.

Who and what dies?

On death, all that was connected with survival in a body dies. Our fear, our defences, our ego, our cognitive mind and language, our separate existence in time and space, our will, our future, our desires for power and control, these all dissolve on death - but not all of us dies. Death is not a singular event; it is a process with as many dimensions as the life that preceded it. We are complex individuals; different parts of us die differently.

In this workshop we explore what dies and disappears into oblivion and what is eternal and never dies.

For further details of up-coming workshops please contact us.