North Kohala class series to examine ‘A Year to Live’

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How will acting as if you have a terminal illness change your day to day priorities and practices? A learning community is convening in North Kohala starting in January to study the question throughout 2014.

Using Stephen Levine’s book, “A Year to Live,” as a starting point the group will examine personal respective relationships with death through thoughts, feelings, sensations and beliefs using reading, journaling, music, guided visualizations, spiritual and physical practices. Examples of practical opportunities include moving through the stages of death (denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), reviewing and sharing life’s joys and regrets, considering healing broken relationships with family and former friends, self-forgiveness, completing advanced medical directives, reviewing and completing wills, talking with family and friends about those and other plans and requests and writing an obituary, epitaph and memorial service program.

This non-religious learning circle is limited to 16 members. The group will meet twice a month for 2 ½ hours; facilitators are Kapaau residents Bobbi Bryant and Stephen Shrader. For dates, times and locations of information-meetings email ayeartolivenorthkohala@gmail.com with “information request” in the subject line.