A Journey to Die Wise

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When Stephen Jenkinson’s book Die Wise was released in 2015 he came to speak at the Institute of Traditional Medicine (March 2015). I was introduced to his work, not a week or two before, by a colleague at the yoga studio where I work. I signed up to hear him speak and was moved by his words. It was just before the start of my Contemplative End of Life Care training at the same school (ITM).

Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever.

Now Susan and I are on a journey to support clients and their families at this special transition from life to death. The Dying Well Collective is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness, and creating space for a dialogue, on what it means to die well, to die wise.

And well, I do love a good book and love a good conversation even more. As I was starting another book club (Women Who Run with the Wolves) Susan and I talked about hosting a book club for Dying Well Collective. And so as part of our 2017 planning, we will be hosting an online 11-week deep dive into Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul by Stephen Jenkinson.

We have decided to make this open to anyone who wants to participate.

  1. Register to participate: sign up here!
  2. Donate pay-what-you-can via the paypal link below. All proceeds go to support our programs – most notably our Death Vigiling – which is how we help support families at the end of life through our amazing volunteers.



We hope you can join us!


Here’s how it will work:

Each week we will cover one chapter via a facilitated discussion online. The technology allows us to meet in a space where you can ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the facilitator (Susan and I) and each other. It also means you can join from wherever you are. You simply need a computer, Internet connection and a copy of the book!

We kick things off on Tuesday, January 17th at 8pm which is right after our January Death Cafe. If you live in Toronto come out for the cafe and stay for book club. Tea and snacks included for both. We will then meet online every Tuesday at 8pm for an hour.

Week 1 – Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 8-9pm
Chapter 1: The Ordeal of a Managed Death
What happens when we don’t let dying change everything?

Week 2 – Jan. 31st
Chapter 2: Stealing Meaning from Dying
What it all has come to

Week 3 -Feb 7th
Chapter 3: The Tyrant Hope

Week 4 -Feb 14th
Chapter 4: The Quality of Life

Week 5 -Feb. 21st (Note we have Feb Death Cafe from 6:30-8pm)
Chapter 5: Yes, But Not Like This
Euthanasia and Suicide

Week 6 – Feb. 28th
Chapter 6: The Work

Week 7 -March 7th
Chapter 7: So Who Are the Dying to You? Who Are the Dead?

Week 8 -March 14th
Chapter 8: Dying Facing Home

Week 9 -March 21st (Note we have March Death Cafe from 6:30-8pm)
Chapter 9: What Dying Asks of Us All

Week 10 – March 28th
Chapter 10: Kids

Week 11 – April 4th
Chapter 11: Ah, My Friend the Enemy

Don’t forget to sign up! 

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