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On Sunday, August 2, at 7:00 pm, Stephen Jenkinson will be offering “An Introduction to Dying Wise,” an evening talk at the First Baptist Church located in DeWitt Park, Ithaca.

Mr. Jenkinson is the subject of Griefwalker, a National Film Board of Canada feature documentary film. He is also the author of the newly published book, Die Wise, A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. Mr. Jenkinson will do a book reading and signing from 3:30-5:00, at Buffalo Street Books. (Full details here: http://orphanwisdom.com/event/an-introduction-to-dying-wise-in-ithaca-ny/). In anticipation of the visit, Griefwalker is being screened on Saturday, August 1, at the First Baptist Church at 7:00 pm.

This visit is one leg of an international tour Stephen Jenkinson has embarked on, which seeks to inspire a conversation about the deep death phobia of our culture, and how it could be otherwise. He is currently featured in the August issue of The Sun magazine.

Mr. Jenkinson has described the talk in this way: “This talk is for anyone and everyone who will fail to live forever. It is an introduction to the skills of living deeply and well, learned and sharpened by the skills of dying and of grieving. What does it mean to ‘die wise?’ This evening begins to imagine a way of doing so.”

Mr. Jenkinson’s website, OrphanWisdom.com, has this to say about the book:

“Die Wise does not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to make dying easier. It pours no honey to make the medicine go down. Instead, with lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working with dying people and their families, Stephen Jenkinson places death at the center of the page and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever.”

A video trailer for the book can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osNtj-UjfY4

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