Green burial, home funerals, sacred ceremony while sitting with the dead and dying: these are just a few things I think about in relation to my own death. I’ve attended a number of deaths, first while a support group facilitator for people with HIV/ AIDS and their loved ones, then as a volunteer hospital chaplain. The Buddhist teachings have a ‘Bardo,’ an in-between place for the soul at the time of physical death, as we get our bearings in another dimension between lifetimes.

I facilitated a Death Cafe in Longmont, Colorado. There are currently two in the state of Montana, one in Flathead City and one in Billings. This might be a fun thing to bring to the Bitterroot Valley. Yes, it’s great fun to come together over tea and crumpets and visit about mortality, end-of-life arrangements and what we are leaving as our legacy, no matter what age we are. The great leveler at all levels of society is that we do not know the moment of our death. Our Cafe had a variety of people with really important questions at our meetings, and I created a resource guide to get those questions answered. We had a few guest speakers and lively conversation. A great thing to do on a Saturday morning to start your weekend!

To be continued…