Even before the pod begins, we're so deeply moved and honored to be part of this space which is holding so many sacred intentions together. Intentions to heal, to serve, to grow in wisdom, to embrace death, to embrace life.
The universality of death (and life), has brought us together to reflect, learn and grow together, from different ages and stages in life. Our collective is blessed by those who have recently lost a loved one, those who are in the last stages of their own life, those who are young but been deeply meditating on this question, and also many who have years and decades of experience serving the dying.
On that note, here is a collage of some prayerful notes from the applications from 15 countries --
- I lost my mom six months ago. It's painful and I want to reflect upon and grow through the grief process. I am excited to go through the process with others, in an intentional community... which is the safest, most sacred way to do grief. I can be alone in my grief but with others.
- I lost both parents to cancer within 10 days of each other, almost 30 years ago. They would have been 60 and 61 at their next birthday. I have now passed this age, but have yet to get past their loss. I hope this Pod can help, and that I inturn can help others also.
- I have experienced death and dying with my beloved husband last year. It has been an amazing experience as much as a painful one. I have developed new understanding about death, but still suffer from the old social-cultural constructions of death. I need more inner clarity. I thought about registering the pod several times. I hesitated due to fear. My fear of talking about it and exposing myself to different ideas about death which is a bleeding wound of my soul. I see my fear, and I decided to give myself to serendipity.
- My son Jake passed by suicide 4/20/15. Grief /pain/trauma yields love, wisdom and compassion. Experienced meditator. Nourished by meaningful conversations & death /life awareness practices.
- I have experienced death of my father last summer and my brother a week ago and it has moved my awareness of death and y own mortality in ways that I would like to explore.
- I lost my sister to suicide November 9, 2021. There have been more deaths and losses in my family over the last 3 years. All too compounded and I'm immersed into searching for deeper meaning in my life.
Accepting the inevitable...
Serving the dying...
- I work with Senior Citizens who are suffering from isolation and death caused by the pandemic and the course of life.
- I have been part of a death cafe group for a few years and we always like to hear what other people are saying.
- As a practicing Buddhist for 25 years, I have found that daily reflection/meditation on impermanence and death are key to living a fully engaged life. I am also the co-founder of an organization that provides spiritual and psychological support to community members at the end of life.
- I am a birth and end of life midwife who has served various communities, internationally, on a grassroots one-on-one level. I would like to grow in this area in community with others. Thank you.
- I have worked in and around hospice and dying for quite some time as a healing-centered composer and artistic director. I started an intergenerational program writing music with people who are dying and have had my own dying experience. That being said, as a community artist and educator I feel these are times calling forth even greater capacity and connection around life and death. It would be an honor for me to be with you and others doing this work. Thank you for what you are doing. It feels so pure hearted to me, nothing fancy, and I really appreciate that!
Embracing the Grace...
- Grief is an expression of love that I want to understand better.
- These stories help me come to terms with the fragility of everything around me and from that aspect, I'd like to delve deeper , build resilience, live each moment meaningfully and not hold on.
- To get rid of the fear of unknown.
- I would like to explore awareness and acceptance of death so that I can deepen my compassion and live more fully.
We feel very grateful to be part of this sacred collective, and look forward to the guidance, wisdom, light and love which emerges from our community.
Living Dying Pod Volunteers