Learn to Die, abandon fear and you will begin to truly live.
In these sessions, Dr. Alexandra Mejia shares with us all her knowledge about death, both from a clinical perspective after 15 years of experience accompanying the sick and elderly in the final process of their lives, and from a spiritual perspective, after more than 25 years linked to Tibetan Buddhism.
In the West we live death as a great taboo, an uncomfortable reality that we do not usually talk about and this generates much suffering and fear. However, Tibetan Buddhism teaches us to accept this process as part of life, deepening the process of death from a very complete perspective about everything that happens on a physical, psychological and spiritual level during this process. The objective of these meetings is therefore to help us to transcend the greatest fear that every human being faces and from which all other fears start.
We want to help you to "accept" your own death, as well as to teach you how to properly accompany other people, whether family members, friends, patients... in this last stage of their lives. Because let's not forget that what gives meaning to life is precisely the fact that it is finite, and being aware of this helps us to live in the present and make the most of the time we share with our loved ones.
What is learning to die?
Accepting one's own death implies a process of preparation, a preparation that must begin right now and that implies knowing oneself, starting with the question: What is death for me?
For this, and throughout these sessions we will see what death is and what happens to us human beings in general on a physical, emotional and spiritual level when we are in this final process of life, because as you will see in this course, there are a series of changes and manifestations in each of these levels that are closely related.
During our life we live many transitions. The most obvious ones are childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age; and all of them involve processes and changes, such as: our first day at school, graduation, first job, marriage, divorce, changing jobs, becoming parents for the first time, moving house, city or country...All these transitions involve changes and these usually produce discomfort, some pain, but also joy, hope and decision making...
And we comment this because a great part of the obstacles that we find when we are going to die arise because we have refused to die to the small deaths that are taking place throughout our life, it has to do with all the losses that we suffer, the transformations, changes of place, changes of feelings, of thoughts; because death is not only biological death, our daily life is composed of small deaths and if we are unable to relate to these losses and transitions that we live day by day, how are we going to relate to the most drastic of all, with the death of our body or our loved ones?
Through 11 sessions you can learn how to manage your own end of life or accompany you in the process.
The main theme of the meetings we are going to have is "Accepting one's own death and accompanying the death of the other". And one part is related to the other. During these meetings with Alexandra we will deal with important aspects in order to achieve this approach, this understanding of the process of death.
This course on death consists of the following training blocks:
- Living Well, Dying Well
- Integrating one's own death
- Palliative care and advanced illness
- Spiritual dimension at the end of life
- Relationship with the sick person