Personal Thanatology

Personal Thanatology


It’s a Matter of Life and Death

 

Create a Personal Thanatology.  I’ll listen and encourage as you discover your unique perspective of what is important to you in Living Well & Dying Well.  I believe that when we talk more openly about death and dying, we are able to support and care for ourselves and one another more deeply.  It’s a simple message about a complex topic ~ talking about death and dying will improve the world we live in.

Thanatology

than · a · tol · o · gy                    [than-uh-tol-uh-jee]

n. the study of death and dying

Personal Thanatology

Reflect · Share · Live

v.   the lifelong discovery process where you (1) reflect on and explore your personal experiences, thoughts, memories, beliefs, stories and questions about death and dying; (2) share your ideas and stories with family, friends and acquaintances; then (3) live life based in what you value and brings you meaning ~ live your Philosophy of Life.

My goal in introducing this concept is to encourage people of all ages to be more comfortable with conversations about death and dying. Never to diminish the sadness and suffering of death, dying, grief, and loss, but to also be open to the love, peace, and support that are possible.

Today, remember a death experience you have had in your lifetime, anywhere from a childhood experience to a current experience of death, dying, grief, or loss.   Can you tell someone your story, can you listen to theirs?  Please remember to be gentle with yourself.  Compassion and non-judgment towards self and others is an essential ingredient in creating a

Personal Thanatology


Reflect · Share · Live

 

 

 

love

love

 

Start and end every

conversation with words of

love and care.

 

The words of the

conversation may be

forgotten, but

love remains.

 

living life dying death  |  A Guide to Healthy conversations about Death and Dying to Inspire Life and Living

 

 

 

Thanatology Education ~ Interview with Dr. Gordon Thornton

Gordon Thornton, PhD, FT, professor emeritus from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, began teaching a death and dying course in 1975.  During the recent ADEC Conference (Association for Death Education and Counseling), we enjoyed a conversation about some of his personal and professional experiences and beliefs about living life & dying death.  He mentions one of my favorite quotes by Woody Allen “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens!” Dr. Thornton’s kindness and sensitivity makes it easy to see why he is a highly respected expert in the field of Thanatology.

Personal Thanatology of Michael Liebman

This is the first part of a two part series interviewing Michael Liebman.  Thank you Michael for sharing your personal thanatology by sharing some of your personal thoughts and experiences with death and dying & life and living.   Your honesty and sincerity are palpable.  I really enjoyed your concept of life being a dynamic, creative process.  The second part of Michael’s interview will be posted at a later date.  In it, he shares his experience of attending a Living Life Dying Death Gathering.

Personal Thanatology

Thanatology

than · a · tol · o · gy                    [than-uh-tol-uh-jee]

n. the study of death and dying


Personal Thanatology

Reflect · Share · Live

v.   the lifelong discovery process where you (1) reflect on and explore your personal experiences, thoughts, memories, beliefs, stories and questions about death and dying; (2) share your ideas and stories with family, friends and acquaintances; then (3) live life based in what you value and brings you meaning ~ live your Philosophy of Life.


My goal in introducing this concept is to encourage people of all ages to be more comfortable with conversations about death and dying to inspire living well and dying well.

Talking about death and dying at Living Life Dying Death . com | Welcome!

“It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens”.

Woody Allen


This is so true for many people, including me:   “Hey, I’ve got plans next week!”

. . . living life dying death. . . is a call to conversation.


I am passionate about listening and talking about death and dying because I believe the simple fact of the matter is that if we all start sharing these conversations we will live better and die better.

[Read more…]