A panel discussion around the ritual of death, dying, the funeral and its impact on grief; Janie’s story
This is the story of one woman’s courageous decision to face her mortality head on, and empower everyone around her to support her beliefs and carry out her wishes. When Janie Dickson was diagnosed with progressive incurable cancer she was determined to plan her death and her funeral, in line with her strong Buddhist beliefs. What followed after Janie’s death on November 1st 2019, was a remarkable journey that encompassed the brave and courageous actions of her wife Fi and her family, as they endeavored to enact each and every one of Janie’s wishes.
More than 7000 Monks prayed for Janie and her family as she stayed at home for 3 full days, before her life and death were honored and celebrated at a beautiful ceremony at Arnos Vale, followed by a natural burial.
Who is the funeral for? How do we discover and create a funeral that is right for us ? How important is the funeral to the grieving process – when does the grieving process begin, and what effect does talking about our wishes have on our own experience of death and dying, and do these conversations help or hinder the process for those left behind?