Dying – a Transition, Letting Go and Finding

Dying – a Transition, Letting Go and Finding

STILLPOINT LAB, 23 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AA http://www.stillpoint-lab-london.com/

Saturday 7 October 9.30-13.00 and 14.00-17.00 | Sunday 8 October 9.30-14.00pm
Registration from 9am.

The dying do not simply have to let go as is often said. They also have to find a new awareness of time, space, and body, in a new connectedness with some fundamentally other mode of existence. Letting go and losing control is a spiritual path towards finding. The perception of the dying is different, of a special intensity and sensitivity. Participants on this Dying: a Transition workshop will explore this 3-stage model (pre-transition / transition / post-transition) both experientially and with critical reflection, including the evidence base.

Enhancing our sensitivity to the altered perception of the dying by music-assisted active imagination. Letting go is an art of releasing and a gift of grace at the same time: it involves enduring ‘empty-handedness’ and the pain of ‘no-longer-being-able-to’.

Because the perception of the dying is different, Monika Renz works not only through inputs and discussion, but also through using images from fairy tales, symbolic language and especially through music-assisted relaxation. Participants have the chance to access and share this different level. Active imagination and monochromatic sound vibration in particular helps us relax and allow our perception to shift, permeating all levels of our being at the limits of our everyday ego. Letting go as well as finding – touching our souls, so it may be, as well as the dying experience – including connecting with the deeper levels of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual lives.

Reflecting on our care and presence at the deathbed based on the Dying: a Transition model – case vignettes, dying trajectories, personal stories with themes such as dignity, fear, family processes.

Monika Renz, PhD is palliative care psychotherapist at the Cantonal Hospital, St Gallen, Switzerland http://www.monikarenz.ch/en/index.php


Monika Renz et al (2012). Dying is a Transition. Am J Hosp Pall Care, published online 12 July 2012, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1049909112451868 (downloadable: http://www.monikarenz.ch/en/index.php)

Monika Renz (2015). Dying: a Transition (M. Kyburz with J. Peck, transl.). In K. Anderson (ed.). End-of-Life Care: a Series. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-17088-8

Monika Renz (2016). Hope and Grace: Spiritual Experiences in Severe Distress, Illness and Dying (M. Kyburz, transl.). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN 978-1-78592-030-1


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