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