with Margaret Sorrel and Dinah Bachrach
““ Death rims life with the beauty of Transiency. It is because beauty is always passing — clouds moving, waters flowing, leaves scattering, youth aging — that it so pierces our hearts.”
~ Bradford Smith, 1965
It is a great gift to be able to approach our own death or that of another from a place of conscious preparation, knowing one’s own gifts, hopes and fears and those of our caregivers. Among the topics we will explore will be our readiness to die, chosen death, caregiving and receiving, difficulties that arise between the person dying and the one accompanying that person. The focus will be on personal exploration and clarification of physical, emotional and spiritual issues surrounding death, knowing that the needs and desires of each person are unique.
We will guide the process through our own personal sharing, and posing questions to participants. Participants will have opportunities to engage with these questions through writing and in verbal sharing in small and large groups.
The program is aimed at people who, perhaps by reason of age or an experience of a significant death in their lives, have begun to think about death in a conscious way. We expect that participants will emerge with both questions and answers to topics they have thought about and those that had not yet occurred to them.
About the facilitators:
Dinah Bachrach is a practicing psychotherapist. She finds passion in her work with couples and individuals. She is engaged with many social causes, racial justice, homelessness, and refugee work. She nurtures herself through dance and music and has recently become a member of Redwood Forest Friends Meeting.
Margaret Sorrel is a life long Quaker, currently a member of Strawberry Creek Meeting now worshipping with Redwood Forest Friends. She clerks the board for Friends House, is involved with racial justice work and homeless advocacy and works as an osteopathic physician with children. She is passionate about her grandchildren, gardening and biking.
Both of us have walked the path toward death with our beloved partners. We were pushed to recognize our own gifts and limitations in the process and the insights that we gained left us wishing to help others explore their own hopes, fears and expectations.