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In this workshop we will collaboratively examine the growing trend of reclaiming the naturalness of our death processes including embracing the dying journey, home vigils, family directed rituals and funerals, and options for green/environmentally friendly burials.  

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Death, Dying, and Green Burials

When: Saturday November 2nd, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch MN

Instructor: Carol Geisler, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Holistic Health Studies, St. Catherine University 

Registration Fee: $75

Full Course Description:

In this introductory workshop, together we discover what it means to reclaim the dying process, death rituals, and care and disposition of the body in today’s world.  We will briefly explore the intersectionality of the historical, social, cultural, political, spiritual, and ethical contexts that influence our views of death and dying.  We will have an opportunity to reflect on and tell stories of our own experiences with death and dying.  We will explore emerging/returning practices of keeping people at home during the dying process, home vigils, family/friends directed funerals/rituals, and options for green/environmentally friendly burials.  We will end with a variety of local and national resources (organizations, websites, videos, articles) for those who wish to explore this topic further. 

Class Objectives: 

  1. Discover what it means to reclaim the dying process, death rituals, and care and disposition of the body in today’s world.
  2. Explore the intersectionality of the historical, social, cultural, political, spiritual, and ethical contexts that influence our views of death and dying.
  3. Reflect on our own experiences related to death and dying informs our current beliefs and practices
  4. Be aware of local and national resources for keeping people at home during the dying process, home vigils, family/friends directed funerals/rituals, and options for green/environmentally friendly burials

Readings: Will be sent to registered students in advance.

Instructor Bio:  Carol Geisler, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and teaches in the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies at St. Catherine University.  She has been interested in the journeys of death and dying for over 30 years in her roles as a nurse, psychologist, and spiritual seeker.  She is passionate about consciously reclaiming the dying process and educating people about available choices. 

Questions about this class and its content please feel free to contact Carolat ccgeisler@stkate.edu