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Virtual Living Funeral Ceremony #1
April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Living Funeral Ceremony is a 2-3-hour guided meditation and memorial created to give participants a meaningful and transformative experience encouraging a celebration of life rather than a fear of death. This intensely personal and potentially challenging session offers a mindful way to confront your own mortality while gaining acceptance and understanding of your life as a whole.
A Living Funeral Ceremony, sometimes referred to as a mock funeral, includes a writing exercise and guided meditation designed to give participants a fresh outlook on life after confronting their own mortality.
In recent years, it’s become a trend to conduct a mock funeral service as a way to better understand and appreciate life. The original Living Funeral sessions were held in Seoul, South Korea and designed to trigger a fresh start for the people attending. Thousands of South Koreans have chosen this approach as part of a national employer-provided motivational program. In Thailand, mock funerals are seen as a kind of rebirth and have been incorporated into addiction treatment programs that encourage attendees to let go of the past and begin anew.
Here in the US, this ceremony is a space of personal reflection where participants are encouraged to maintain an inward focus and to move at their own pace throughout the experience.
For virtual events, participants will be sent a welcome email that includes how to prepare and what to bring to the event including having a private space to recline, having lots of water to drink, creating an altar, etc.
I’m very much looking forward to this journey with you!
About the Speaker
Oceana Sawyer is an End of Life Doula focused on the liminal space of active dying and grief. She is currently researching and holding space in the realm of embodied grieving in a context of somatic abolitionism. Drawing upon her meditation practices, experience as a sensuality educator, earth-based spirituality, and an intensive study in the expressive arts and integral counseling psychology, she brings a grounded, compassionate presence to her work with individuals and groups. You can follow her on her Instagram and participate in her online grief community on Patreon.