Program Details

Difficult Conversations Regarding Illness & Death: Contemplation & Discussion


April 28 / 7:00 PM - April 28 / 8:30 PM

Please join the Shambhala community for a facilitated contemplation and discussion of difficult conversations around illness and death. How do we know what to say, and more importantly, how or when to say it? How can we speak so that others will truly hear us? And most of all, how can we infuse our speech with clarity and kindness, no matter what words we choose or how much time we may have?


The evening will include an exploration of the kinds of conflicting views that can arise between family members at the end of life, and practical communication tools to help relate to and resolve such issues.  Participants will have the opportunity practice listening in an active, non-judgmental way. Meditation, contemplation and small group discussions will deepen our exploration of the topic. Participants are invited to bring examples of difficult issues to explore in the program.


Co-facilitated by Susan Piver and Maryl Schapiro.

Susan Piver has spent her life exploring and using the power of speech. She is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, a workshop leader who teaches internationally, and a blogger who write daily for her 7500+ subscribers. Susan is a student of Sakyong Mipham and an authorized meditation instructor who has been practicing in the Shambhala community since 1995.

Maryl Schapiro is a long-time student of Chögyam Trungpa, and has served as a hospice volunteer with Hospice of the Good Shepherd for the past five years.  She co-facilitated the year-long contemplative end of life group at the Shambhala Center over the past year.


This is the second of a three-part series on End of Life issues.  The first one (March 7th) explored choices at end of life.  The third (Friday evening, July 12th) will be on Buddhist teachings and rituals about death and dying.  Feel free to invite family and/or friends to these events.

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