Inviting the Wisdom of Death into Life

Opening Keynote Speaker: Frank Ostaseski, Founder, Metta Institute

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight. She helps us to discover what matters most. And the good news is we don’t have to wait until the end of our lives to realize the wisdom that death has to offer. Clinicians and caregivers can harness the awareness of death, stepping beyond roles and duties to appreciate the fact that we are alive, to encourage self-exploration, to clarify our values, to find meaning, and to generate positive action. In this keynote talk, Frank will offer mindful and compassionate approaches that address the practical, emotional, psychological and universal needs inherent in the time of dying. He will introduce his The Five Invitations, mutually supportive principles, that are both reliable guides for being with dying, and wise companions on the road to living fully and forging a life of integrity and purpose that is free of regret.

Upon completion of the activity, learners will be able to:

• Describe how an awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well

• Identify best practices for navigating a life transition, coping with loss or serious illness and how they guide us toward appreciating life’s preciousness

• Outline five guidelines for being with dying and living fully