We dare to look at death directly and consider what we want for ourselves. We consider how we might prepare for not getting what we want when our time comes. At Zen Hospice Project, we trust in the value in contemplating one’s own death, as a way of embracing life fully.
The Open Death Conversation is a forum for discussing the many aspects of death and dying. We are not attached to any outcome. We do not direct the conversation. Everyone is invited; we only ask that participants show up with an open heart and open mind, and allow themselves to go where they need to go. People from all backgrounds attend our conversations, young, old, many people who have not had experience with death, some people who are facing their own end of life.
We have no agenda other than to generate meaningful, energetic conversation free from judgment.
Drawing inspiration from the thousands of heartfelt conversations that Zen Hospice Project has had over the years of caring for dying persons and their families, we invite you to join us through two different programs:
Open Death Conversation: A Daylong Immersion
Our Open Death Conversation: A Daylong Immersion is an opportunity for participants to explore their relationship to death in general, and their own mortality in particular. These daylong forums are designed for persons seeking to investigate their physical, emotional and rational responses to the reality of death. Trained facilitators will lead participants through experiential activities, guided contemplations, writing exercises, group sharing and meditation.
These one-day programs are held from 10:00am until 4:30pm.
The cost of admission to our Daylong Immersion is $150 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us at email@example.com to request a reduced fee.
The Open Death Conversation: A Daylong Immersion will take place on:
Open Death Conversation: An Evening Gathering
Our Open Death Conversation: An Evening Gathering is an excellent way to explore conversations dealing with end-of-life. An informal evening, held at our Guest House in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, brings people together from across the country to discuss topics relating to death. We offer a friendly atmosphere, comfortable seating and light refreshments.
The cost of admission to our Evening Gathering is $25 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a reduced fee.
The Open Death Conversation: An Evening Gathering will take place on:
Open Death Conversation: A Custom Gathering
Zen Hospice Project is happy to work with you in designing an Open Death Conversation that meets the needs of your organization or community. From exploring death and end of life, to discussing issues broaching into our culture, we provide a selection of topics catered to fulfill your particular goals. Our expert instructors will visit your facility at a time that fits into your team's challenging schedule. Contact us at email@example.com to learn more.