I believe it's time to challenge the status quo around death and dying, to change the conversation from fear to one firmly founded in love and wonder.
It's time to Think differently. Talk differently. Act differently.
The dying give us signs and symbols; they talk to us in their own language, a language you can learn to understand.
The dying process can be meaningful and engaging for the dying person and those at the bedside.
If you know what to expect and have context for experiences you may encounter with someone who is dying, you can move past fear, into wonder and meaning, and engage in an extraordinary process that can positively change you for good.
People who are dying are people first, not illness first.
People who are grieving are people first, not grievers first.
Experiences around death and dying teach us how to live.
It's possible to be sad, hopeful, brought to your knees, bone weary, and full of love at the same time.
There are things you can do and learn, conversations you can have before your beloved is actively dying that will change the experience to a more positive one.
What you believe about death affects how you grieve.
Your thoughts cause you pain or bring you peace.
Extraordinary, magical, meaningful non-measurable experiences around death and dying happen every single day all over the world.
Want a better idea of what I'm talking about? Have a look at the video below from the Martha Beck Coaches Conference in March 2012. I've also given a TEDx Talk by the same title with a little bit different content.
I mentor mental health professionals and coaches who are stepping into/deepening identities as death educators/healers.
I create safe places for people to talk about dying, and living after someone has died, and connections beyond what we can see or touch in our human-ness.
I talk about meaningful living with audiences large and small.
This is my life's work.
I invite you to have a look around my website and see what resonates. Read the blog. Watch a video. If you want to stay up to date, sign up for the newsletter and you'll be in the know.
If you get the nudge I can help, I'd be honored.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Ciao for now,
PS: I’m on Facebook. A lot.
My personal page: https://www.facebook.com/MarthaJoAtkins. Friend me. I love meeting new people.
My public page on Facebook: Dr. Martha Jo Atkins. Info about my new book will be posted here soonish.
My secret group on Facebook is where 400ish kind and generous shiny humans have gathered. Individuals in this group have experienced all kinds of loss. We are curious and engage in all manner of conversations around death, dying, life after death, and living life as empowered humans. I offer Corpompos <Conductors of Courage> classes just for this group on death + dying + spirituality. Let me know if you want to me to add you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/lightafterdeath/