Death & Culture

Death & Culture

Con Zarine Jacob e Regina Reinhardt. Tema tabù nell'esperienza privata, quotidiano nella cronaca e nei conflitti mondiali

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Nella foto, antichi portoncini nel Portogallo meridionale: una porta può aprire, chiudere, nascondere, separare, introdurre … Siamo orgogliosi di riproporre il prossimo 18 settembre questo workshop con Regina Reinhardt e Zarine Jacob

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Coaches and interculturalist should pay attention…

The topic is a difficult one, sometimes also a taboo one!

We are used to talking about death either in an impersonal way, like statistics, something that happens to the others and we read in the newspapers. Or with emotion and pain, and a feeling of privateness when it is close to us or our loved ones.


Zarine and Regina were talking about it in an unusual way, adopting the language of warm observation and the keys of personal experience, and therefore melting the different “levels”. Several participants were involved in the lively virtual meeting chat sharing their emotions, hopes, fears and memories.

These were some of the rich themes that showed up and resonated with us.

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  • The idea of my personal death, how are we living with this consciousness? Do we talk about it? With irony, hope, despair or acceptance?
  • Grief for the death of somebody I love, the focus on the remaining ones, on the loss
  • The public side: rituals, behaviours, colours, timing, and music to express the pain and the loss as well as celebration of a life
  • The practical things after the death, are we prepared to manage the death of somebody close? Do we know what to do? Who will be helping us?
  • How health professionals look and talk about death, what is expected or accepted to be said to patients and their families
  • What is a “good death”? Good for whom – the dead person or their family?
  • The Eastern approach, which seems so far from the Western one, more holistic and accepting of death as a part of life
  • Touched on the hospicing of our dying planet, no time to discuss the phenomenon of ‘climate grief’
  • Have we made a will?
  • Role of religion, and the belief of what is happening “after”, including reincarnation, which is critical to understand how death is seen and felt by cultures less familiar to us
  • How is it, that if all of us have to die one day, it is such a terrible surprise to most people?
  • Death as a transition, from a place to another one – never far from us who still live
  • Unexpected death, perhaps of children, who can be more conscious/accepting than we may believe; the disruption for their families
  • The Kübler Ross model, denial-anger-bargaining-depression-acceptance and what every step may mean.

Much to integrate, consider and weave into our lives!


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