Death Fair 2017: Let’s Talk About Death

with Dr. Nancy Styron, Mary Lang, Nealy Zimmermann, Janet Romaine

October 28th (2017)

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  • $50 Patron
  • $35 Sustaining
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Room: Main Shrine Room

(photo courtesy Wonderlane on Flickr)

For Buddhists, the moment of death and how we prepare for that moment, is a critical opportunity on our path of awakening. As practitioners trained to let go, bear witness, and extend compassion, we have much to offer to the national conversation about death, and much to learn from our own contemplation of death itself. Holding a loving environment while supporting a friend or family member’s end of life is a powerful spiritual practice.

Join us for our fourth-annual Death Fair!

led by the Shambhala Center’s End of Life Committee Members: Mary Lang,  Maryl Schapiro, Cathy Brennan, Nealy Zimmermann, with Janet Romaine and Dr. Nancy Frumer Styron

This interactive workshop will explore the topic of death in a variety of ways. The morning begins with open-ended, personal conversations about death, and includes meditation practice & contemplation, experiential exercises, presentations, and group discussions. The day will then move into two break-out groups, offering an opportunity to explore these topics more deeply:

  • Integrating Grief into Your Life: touching it, moving through it, understanding it, led by Nancy Styron
  • The Luminosity of Death: A short introduction to the teachings from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, led by Janet Romaine



The Center’s End of Life Committee members include longtime hospice volunteers, social workers, longtime Buddhist practitioners and senior teachers in Shambhala, all of whom have direct experience with death and dying. This year Nancy Frumer Styron, JD, PsyD, Clinical Director of The Children’s Room, the bereavement and support program for children and parents in Arlington, MA, joins us to share her expertise on grief and loss.

A resource packet will be provided with information on advanced directives; traditional Buddhist practices at the end of life; the Boston Shambhala Center’s Spiritual Directive; as well as hospice, home funerals, reading lists and toolkits for further exploration.

Cost: includes breakfast and a take-home resource packet