With counseling and ceremony, Stephen Jenkinson guides individuals, couples, families and communities through all the human sufferings, sorrows and confusions in life. He’s been doing this for a quarter century. After an apprenticeship to a musician storyteller he worked with dying people, their families, and with those unsure how to grieve. As a programme director in a major Canadian hospital, an assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school and an educator and advocate in the helping professions, Stephen Jenkinson consulted to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is revolutionizing the way we think about grief and dying in North America. Stephen Jenkinson is a spiritual activist, teacher, author, ceremonialist, sculptor and traditional canoe builder.
This show aired live Sunday, January 2, 2011 8 to 9 AM Eastern Time on CFRU 93.3 FM in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
We begin our conversation with a quote from Stephen’s website www.OrphanWisdom.com.
“A culture addicted to security, comfort and ‘be all you want to be’ makes no time in its public or private life for sorrow or uncertainty or the end of things. To a culture like our own, grief is mostly medicated or resolved, and our hearts elbow our lives out of the way in their headlong search for safe landings and getting their needs met. But what would our culture look like and how would our children think of us fifty years from now, if we began to honour and teach grief as a skill, as vital to our personal and cultural and spiritual life as the skill of loving?”
Stephen tells us about teaching grief as a skill, softening our hearts, having reverence for life, and loving as if it not going to last.