2021 Beyond the Veil Summit
Program & Replays
A Hundred Little Deaths Before Dying
In Stephen Jenkinson's many years of working with dying people and their families, he has discovered something surprising. What most people fear about "crossing the veil" forever is not what you'd think — that there will be suffering — but that they'll be forgotten by those they leave behind.
In this session, you'll discover:
- Awakening at a wake
- Personal truth's war on tradition
- Village-mindedness and being claimed by ancestry
Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW
Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, is a culture activist, worker, and author. Stephen speaks and performs internationally, and is the creator and principal instructor at Orphan Wisdom School. He has master's degrees from Harvard University (theology), and University of Toronto (social work). Apprenticed to a master storyteller as a young man, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, was former program director at a major Canadian hospital, and former assistant professor at a prominent Canadian medical school.
Since co-founding Nights of Grief and Mystery project with singer/songwriter Gregory Hoskins in 2015, Stephen has toured this musical tent show revival ceremony across the world. Music cd releases include Nights of Grief & Mystery and Dark Roads and Rough Gods.
He is author of A Generation's Worth: Spirit Work While the Crisis Reigns... Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble... award-winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul... Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions... How it All Could Be: A Workbook for Dying People and Those Who Love Them... Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life... and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation. He was also a contributing author to Palliative Care: Core Skills and Clinical Competencies.
Stephen is the subject of a feature length documentary titled Griefwalker (National Film Board of Canada) and Lost Nation Road, the shorter documentary on the crafting of the Nights of Grief and Mystery tour.