Death Cafe profile for Anne-Marie Keppel

Location: United States

About Anne-Marie Keppel:

As a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner I am no stranger in conversations surrounding death. The more I read about, discuss and contemplate death the more alive I feel. Every argument or agitation seems fruitless when the fragility of our finite lives is considered. 

I have found great comfort and valuable practice in the works of Tibetain Buddhist teacher Tsultrim Allione and Jungian psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes. A phowa retreat with Anyen Rinpoche and the meditation practice of Tonglen has helped me when working with hospice patients. 

After having two children, years later, I began working with the elderly. I was fortunate enough to bathe the body of a 102 year old woman whom I was very fond of. A couple of years later I gave birth to my thrid child and as I bathed her brand new human body, I became overwhelmingly sensitive to the preciousness of life. 

Indeed, the deeper I go in studies pertaining to death the more thankful I am of my earthly existence. I hope to share this understanding with as many people as I can while I'm around! 

Thoughts for sharing:

I believe our world will be a more tollerant and compassionate place when we all accept that death is a presence that makes our lives precious.

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Death Cafe: Craftsbury Death Cafe

Posted by Anne-Marie Keppel on July 15, 2017, 3:10 p.m.

With Anne-Marie Keppel

Aug. 31, 2017, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (east coast)

Free! Donations for costs accepted


Following the model developed by Jon Underwood (based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz), a Death Café is an opportunity for people to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death ...

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