Death Cafe profile for Cheryl Espinosa Jones
Location: United States
About Cheryl Espinosa Jones:
As a result of my wife's illness and 1995 death after living with cancer for 10 years, I became immersed in an exploration of death and, ultimately, life. That experience became inseparable from my work as a grief counselor and impacted every aspect of my life. Learning to live with death has also changed me, made me more alive, more present and fearless. My mission is to support others in their evolution to more meaningful living. Recently, this has led to my radio show, Good Grief (available world wide), and the teaching I do through a Cancer and Illness Competency Program at the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, CA.
What brings you to Death Cafe?
When a good friend of mine began offering a Death Cafe, I was thrilled by the idea of strangers coming together for a simple conversation about death, whatever that might mean to each of us. These are some of the most powerful conversations I have in my life and I appreciate being able to know other people who also want to talk about death. It opens up our hearts and brings a depth I don't find elsewhere.
What would you like your legacy to be?
When I die, I want those I love to feel I loved them well. I want those I shared with to feel I opened my heart to them. I want those I worked with to have been touched with a confidence that life is for living, with meaning, purpose and joy, unafraid of its eventual end. If we face up to loss, we are freed to live as our best selves!
Thoughts for sharing:
When your fear touches someone's pain, it becomes pity. When your love touches someone's pain, it becomes compassion.
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Cheryl Espinosa Jones's posts on the Death Cafe website
Posted by Cheryl Espinosa Jones on May 5, 2015, 9:24 p.m.
Death and the LGBT Community: When Culture is Not Defined by Country
By Cheryl Espinosa-Jones, M.S., M.F.T
Although the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community has experienced a sea change in societal attitudes since the Stonewall riots in 1969 (considered the start of the modern LGBT Gay Rights Movement) there still exists a substantial level of discrimination and intolerance towards members of this community. Often, LGBT people ...