Confronting Death

  • Wed 10th Jun 2020, 7pm – 9pm UK time (UTC +01:00)
  • Online
Hosted by The Psychedelic Society
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In this workshop we will look at our relationship to dying and how to die well. 

COVID-19 has brought us unwillingly into the eye of an existential storm; we are surrounded by death like never before. Many are dying isolated in hospital, with after-death rites being carried out online. In the modern time, death and dying has become a medical matter. Despite the innumerable successes of modern medicine, the objectives and design of the medical model rarely run in the interest of the human spirit when it comes to dying. After-death care fares little better in this regard, most often extending no further than standardised funerals and will readings. 

Exploring how we would and wouldn’t like to die can be a deeply nourishing endeavour. This workshop will provide a space to begin this inquiry. We will share our hopes and fears around dying, explore the power and beauty of presence and the body when nearing the time of death, and name our wishes, as they are now, for before- and after-death care.

To these ends we will employ sharing, embodiment and journalling, all via Zoom. If you haven’t used this before, please join 15 minutes early to download the free software and check your connection. To get the most out of this workshop, prepare a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted. Please bring a notebook and pen.

ABOUT YOUR FACILITATOR

Bilal is a facilitator, personal resilience trainer and artist exploring what it means to be alive and our relationship with death. Bilal regularly hosts Death Cafe‘s, is training as a death doulas with Red Tent End of Life Doulas, holds grief tending workshops, is a personal resilience trainer with Tough Cookie and the co-founder of Dark Matters LDN.

FEEDBACK

“This was a death and life-affirming experience and it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that it changed my life and possibly death ;) The way you guided the group and held space was incredible. You've created an empathetic, caring and safe environment within the first few minutes of the event starting. The meditation and exercises allowed me to explore shadows I am scared to look at and open myself up to thoughts and feelings I tend to avoid. I am really looking forward to more sessions.”  - Katie S.

"It was such a heart soothing and soul enriching experience to participate in the space you created. I felt so utterly welcomed, free to bring whatever was alive in me, and never pressured to be anywhere I wasn't. I had moments of feeling a huge resistance in myself, and was allowed to dance with that, and invite what was hiding underneath. The threads that you wove to create our container felt so gently, lovingly and intentionally woven, held with both sincerity and lightness." - Anon

Death cafe feedback - https://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/activities/death-cafe

EVENT DETAILS
 
This event requires free zoom account which you can set up here: https://zoom.us 
Instructions on how to join will be included in your confirmation email.  

TICKET PRICES: £10-20

EVENT TIMES: 7-9pm London, UK (GMT+1) 
ZOOM ROOM OPENS: 6.45pm   
NO ENTRY AFTER: 7.15pm  

ENQUIRIES: bilal@psychedelicsociety.org.uk

REFUNDS: We do not arrange refunds or exchanges. We encourage swapping and reselling on Ticket Swap 
ACCESS: Attendance requires a working internet connection, and a Zoom account (you can download for free). If you have any access requirements please get in touch. Our UK events are intended for a sober audience. This workshop is fully inclusive to everyone regardless of age (16+), ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs and otherwise.

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