Death and Dying
Buddhism teaches us that death is the outcome of life for all beings and the only unknown is the time of its arrival. Therefore, it is important that our community be prepared for the inevitability of death in a way that is wise, compassionate and consistent with our Buddhist practice. The following are components of our Death and Dying Program for FCM members.
1. Buddhist Wisdom on Death and Dying Class
This four-week class provides FCM members with the opportunity to explore a Buddhist perspective on death and dying and gain a greater understanding and acceptance of impermanence and death. See our calendar for scheduling of this class, which is generally in January. All members are encouraged to take this class in person in Tampa or via Zoom annually.
2. Death Cafes for FCM Members
Death Cafes at FCM are monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They are generally held 1) in-person at the Tampa Practice Center, or 2) virtually via Zoom teleconference on the first Wednesday of each month. Members can click here to access the link for the Zoom line (remember you must be logged-in in order to view this page). See our calendar for specific Death Cafe dates.
Marilyn Warlick is the Death Cafe facilitator. Please note that the group gatherings are intended as discussion groups rather than as grief support or counseling sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. End of Life Transition Support
Under our Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner's oversight, a team of FCM members experienced in the area of death and dying has been formed. They are available to members who are in the process of dying or are caring for a loved one who is dying. Through their mindful presence and experience with the process of dying, these members will offer supportive conversation and home visits, and upon request, guided meditations to calm and stabilize the mind of the dying person. For more information contact Marilyn at email@example.com or Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 Funeral Services.
FCM offers funeral services for members at the Tampa Center. The purpose is to support and guide those who have died with a meaningful Buddhist ceremony and to provide a commemorative ceremony for their families and the community.
Resources in the area of death and dying are provided in the Buddhist Wisdom on Death and Dying Course, through consultation with the End of Life Transition Support Team and through variously scheduled panel discussions and community presentations.
For more information or to request services or support in the area of death and dying please contact our Community Care Leader at Community-Care-Leader@floridamindfulness.org.