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In Swannanoa, NC (at the Center for Conscious Living & Dying)
Includes the following times:
Friday, March 24, 2023. 6:30 to 9:30pm
Saturday, March 25, 2023. 9am-4pm.
Sunday, March 26, 2023. 10am-1pm
Times are Eastern Time Zone.
Natural Death Care teaches us to care for our loved ones at their time of death. Bringing death care back into the purview of our families and communities allows us to infuse the process with beauty, reverence, and meaning. Home death care is legal in most states and is an emerging and alternative approach to the conventional funeral home process. Home death care is both an ancient and new tradition.
This “do-it-ourselves” methodology, seen in the expanding green burial and home funeral movements, stems from a desire for a more affordable, personal, and honorable process that is infused with our deeply held values and desire to care for our own at death. These systems practices are easy to learn, empowering, and deeply rooted in community.
With a deeply reverent and hands-on process, through working with a living body, we will model and practice the ritual of body care after death (as well as experience a vigil space). We’ll explore the legalities and logistics of body acquisition, appropriate paperwork for ease of transition, as well as the how-to’s of building a death literate and natural death care supportive community environment.
Many people believe that earthly death is our birth into the spirit realm just like birth is a death from the spirit realm to the earthly world. This workshop is an invitation to step into “time out of mind” or Kairos time: a place where the mystery looms large and the veils between the worlds are partially lifted.
Friday, March 24. 6:30-9:30pm. Introductions and social container creation. Video on Natural Death Care. Map of the human being.
Saturday, March 25. 9am-4pm. Body Care. Legalities and Logistics. Support Systems.
Sunday, March 26. 10am-1pm. Echoes from the night. Closing Circle.
Sandy LaGrega is the founder and board president of The Sophia Center for Life Studies. She travels the country educating, learning, and connecting with others in the natural home funeral movement. Sandy is a true pioneer in this field, yet is willing to learn more and to share her knowledge, wisdom, and experience with families and individuals who want to honor their loved ones in this way. As a visionary and , (biography and social artist. Sandy is always dreaming up creative ways for us to connect to ourselves and to others interested in personal and spiritual growth. Sandy draws her spiritual wisdom from years of study and practice within the Anthroposophical context. https://sophiacenterforlifestudies.org/.
Jennifer is a life-long seeker, elder, grandmother of five, and great-grandmother of three. Upon meeting the being of Anthroposophia many years ago, Jennifer devoted her life path to deepening her understanding of these “great mysteries of comings and goings” – diving into them anew through studying, practicing and teaching Biography and Social Art locally and nationally and through the blessing of accompanying many family members and friends, (most recently, mother, husband, three brothers, sister-in-law)) cross the threshold with consciousness and reverent care. These souls have been and remain her greatest teachers. Jennifer founded The Tucson Natural Death Care Circle several years ago and supports this growing movement locally and nationally.
Lee Warren has been fortunate to learn from the dying in the context of a village. Over the course of two years, from 2016 to 2018, there were six deaths at Earthaven Ecovillage, the place she’s called home for more than two decades. Those deaths, and the generous people who experienced them, were incredible opportunities for service to the great mystery. Lee has woven end-of-life education into her community building work as foundation to becoming alive, present, and embodied humans.
The Center for Conscious Living & Dying in Swannanoa, NC is the manifestation of a dream of many to create a center with the intention to “honor life’s final stages while enriching lives by providing direct care, community education and resources.”
We are beyond thrilled to be hosting this workshop at the Center in March 2023. It holding us in such a deep communal way as we reclaim these traditional ways of tending our own at death.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW SOLD OUT. With only 12 open spots for registration, we expected it to fill quickly.
If you’d like to be kept informed, please add your name to the wait list and mailing list so we can let you know about cancellations for this workshop or openings for future workshops with Sandy LaGrega and the rest of the team.