In this week’s episode Stephen Jenkinson speaks with Joanna about: reconfiguring our culture with dying as a teacher, not an opponent; “more time, more dying” dying in a tech-med, death-phobic culture; self-absorption and dying badly; village mindedness an the gift of a good death; people die in the manner in which they lived; the wisdom of hearbreak; the real skilfullnes of being human; addicted to competence; a death-phobic culture and a highly sedated death; what our dying culture is asking of us; a willingness to be free of hope.
Stephen Jenkinson is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, a teaching house and learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Stephen is redefining what it means to live, and die well. Apprenticed to a master storyteller, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school, consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations and educator and advocate in the helping professions. He is also a sculptor, traditional canoe builder whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture. He is the author of “Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul” (2015), “Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions – a live recorded teaching (2013), “How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them (2009), “Angel and Executioner: Grief ad the Love of Life” – a live recorded teaching (2009), and “Money and the Soul’s Desires: A Meditation” (2002), and contributing author to “Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies” (2007).