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Bringing Death into Life

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Holy Wisdom Monastery

4200 County Highway M

Middleton, WI 53562

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As a society we have a history of silence around all things related to death. We have a funeral home industry that has responded to the fear behind this silence by taking on the task of caring for the deceased in facilities that are formal, impersonal, and costly. For those who surive, grief has been relegated to a few days of "bereavement leave" and then expected to "get back to normal" or at least appear to. Slowly, more people are beginning to question the wisdom of these ways and are trying to bring death back into the experience of daily life.

On the weekend of Feb. 22-25, 2018, we will learn about home funerals, rituals that support the care of the dead, and ways to create and support the most meaninful experience for individual families. A priest from the Christian Community, a community rooted in the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, will share ritual and philosophy supportive of home funerals from the perspective of Spiritual Science. Further, we will have an opportunity to view and discuss the movie In the Parlor with director and producer, Heidi Boucher. There will be opportunities to share personal stories and to learn from each other's experiences and wisdom. All are welcome, regardless of personal belief systems or spiritual/religious background, and participants are free to engage in some or all of the activities. Diversity is welcome, and encouraged!

The retreat will end with an invitation to participate in creating local community care groups to connect with others in the Midwest who have or are staring their own groups to empower members in their communities who wish to have the option of home funerals.

Lodging: Retreatants are responsible for their own lodging. A limited number of rooms (single or double) are available at the monastery for a moderate additional cost. Please contact Faith with any questions: faith.lerner (at) gmail.com

Meals: Your registration includes lunch on both Saturday and Sunday, plus dinner on Saturday, as well as coffee/tea throughout the days. For those who stay at the monastery, a continental breakfast will be available Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers are grateful for any and all donations as they help to keep costs low and accessible to as many as possible. Scholarships are available on a limited basis. Please inquire if your means are limited: faith.lerner (at) gmail.com

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