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Back to Life: Focused Therapeutic Conversations on Death and Dying

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Working in the criminal justice system, the medical profession, in therapy and counselling, and other healthcare fields means that we are frequently faced with the death and dying. Regularly confronted with death we may become numb or indifferent to it. It’s a response that seemingly helps us continue our work with clients or patients. It allows us to continue to engage with family and friends and protect ourselves. Yet, this is where we stop short. We deny ourselves and our clients a healthier approach, as we should strive to begin to understand that death and dying are no longer taboos, but as integral to our lives.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to do so, and in a profound and philosophical way. Our aim is to create a sensitive understanding of death and mortality so that we no longer feel alienated by them.

This workshop is for qualified professionals. In this workshop you will learn how to think about death and mortality in a distinct philosophical way, which will provide you new ways of understanding of how to live and die well.

The learning outcomes of the workshop are to:

  1. Change the way you think about your relationship with death and mortality and how to begin to see death as part of life.
  2. Apply life-affirmation and a more dignified treatment of death and dying.
  3. Develop the ability to talk about death and mortality in a professional, but also an ethical, caring and compassionate way
  4. Feel more comfortable thinking about and accepting your own death.


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As professionals, we often have to deal with death and the dying and our personal feelings about this are bound to be reflected in our dealings with others. Simply put, if we have not been willing to confront our own mortality, then we will be poorly equipped to help those in our care who deserve compassion and understanding as they approach their own death or the death of others.

Death awaits us all, yet honestly confronting one’s mortality is, for most people, an uncomfortable and even distressing idea. Yet death, properly understood, is precisely what gives meaning to life.

Dr Johannes Niederhauser is a philosopher with a rich and profound understanding of the various philosophical accounts of death, especially in the thought of Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus and – most notably – Martin Heidegger. In my many conversations with him, I have been struck not only by his philosophical acuity, but also by his deep humanity and his sense of humour. Thinking about death in the right way, far from being morbid, frees us to become fully immersed in the life that we have yet to live. As Seneca said “Life without the courage for death is slavery”.

I am confident that whatever your existing religious, spiritual or ethical commitments, you will emerge from this workshop with a deeper, richer understanding of death and dying and their meaning in life.

I highly recommend it.


Dr David Ashton MD PhD

Consultant Physician
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