Watch Frank Ostaseski Discuss How to Work With Grief and The Five Invitations
The Live Call with Frank Ostaseski will be hosted on Zoom on Tuesday, June 9th 10:00 AM PDT (Los Angeles) | 1:00 PM EDT (New York) | 6:00 PM BST (London) | 3:00 AM Next Day AEST (Sydney) | See Your Timezone. The call recording will be posted here after the initial airing.
If you are unable to join on Zoom, you can also access the Youtube Livestream below!
Grief and the Healing Power of Love and Compassion
About Frank Ostaseski
Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, numerous national and international hospice and palliative care conferences, Google Headquarters and other corporate settings. He also teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.
To connect with Frank for any of his upcoming online offerings you can join the Facebook Live talk on Grief: Releasing Pain, Remebering Love, Finding Meaning on Wednsday June 10th from 5pm-8pm PDT, watch the webinar on Grief a Path to Wholeness on Monday July 19th at 10am PDT, or sign up for the online Love and Death Retreat August 28-30.
About Rheanna Hoffmann
Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, NC, is an emergency nurse, coach, and meditation guide. She is the Founder of The Whole Practitioner, a coaching business designed to help medical practitioners access and transmute their underlying causes of stress. In April - May, 2020, she traveled to NY to support a Brooklyn hospital in need during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. On the frontlines, she saw the toll that the virus ravaged on her patients' physiology, her co-workers' mental health, and on the social structures of the city itself. Previously she has worked in emergency, oncology, hospice, and Indigenous medicine, and on death row. She is trained in somatic and wilderness therapy, and is a certified auricular acupuncture specialist. She aspires to create environments where medical practitioners and students discover how their personality, values, and hidden gifts can align with their work.
Perception dictates the reality you live in
Sometimes it’s more real just to get through the day. Send back what belongs to others
Patrick – Clinical Psychologist UK
Frank and Rheanna
your interaction with each other and the other participants in this video session embodies the co- creation of compassion and meaning
Thank you. This was such a wonderful healing talk. Frank reminds me the waves of the ocean and the smell of pine trees and how precious our life is. The now is ugly (corona, black lives being lost in such stupid circumstances) but teachers like you and Frank can reposition us in the now and make us feel happy and purposeful. Be blessed
I think this call and Frank said compliments what Dr Neff talked about on her the call. Personal I have experience the healing power of compassion through the people around me and it has also helped me better cope with my health difficulties.
Katerina from France, psychotherapist
A great moment of humanity and deep feeling of privilege and gratitude.
Thank you Franck and thank you Rheanna.
I wish you all the best and send you a big hug.
Frank so speaks straight to my/our heart! What a gift to be soothed by his wisdom and words. I am so blessed from his offering!
Frank and Rheanna -Thank you so much for your meeting. I am a retired Head of Pathology in the NHS. Someone asked a question about ‘speaking’ to their father who died when he was in his teens, and the question resonated with me. I was asked by a seriously ill mum who was in isolation because of the pandemic, to write a poem for her. She had a special place where she went every year on her son’s birthday to ‘see’ and speak with her son who died when he was few hours old. He would have been 9 years old. It really made me think about separation – I hope you both get to read this – I was talking to ‘my mirror’
Kind Regards – David K
Special Places by David K Harrison
Mirror, Mirror I need a conversation
I need your observation
Something is troubling me, something said
‘All relationships end in separation’
I can’t get that thought out of my head.
What does it mean for me
What will happen to me
Does that mean one day
There will be no David, no K?
No, it doesn’t mean that DK
What it means, is one day
People we love will leave our life
A mother, a father, a child, a wife
It is the fate of everyone too
One day, DK, it will happen to you.
Does that mean we will never see them again
We’ll never feel the warmth their smile conveys
They leave this world, like the flicker of a flame
One moment a bright light, then darkness pervades.
It can’t simply end that way
There must be a special place
Where their spirits go to stay
And we talk and see their face.
All through life we leave people behind
That’s a separation too
Some we keep as memories in our mind
As we travel on to explore pastures new
I know you still have a special place
For Rosie you met on the farm
That summer holiday your life moved a pace
You kissed in the meadow, cuddled in the barn
You were no longer a lad, but not yet a man
That took Jeanie, Susie, Colleen, and Jan!
I see them now as they were then
Time has passed, best not to see them again!
When you are out on the Moors
You visit your special place seeking answers
From people who have gone before
You chat away to your ancestors
They walk with you as you wind your way back
They are real, inside your mind
You feel their warmth as you pace your track
Thoughts of loss are left behind
So many special places
Where you see their faces
Your mum on the beach at Skipsea
Keeping you nurtured and safe
You see her as she was then
The warmth and love in her face
Your brother Ian – Tivvy to his mates
You were as chalk and cheese
You see him now, as you charmed your dates
You hear his laugh on the breeze
It was such a shame to lose him
He wouldn’t listen to me
I couldn’t stop his boozing
He drank himself to eternity
I hear him now – “Eh, ar Kid”
In the Church Youth Club on Lupset
“I’ve got a promise, lend us a quid”
I smile, I know he’ll be in the pub by sunset
Mirror, I understand what you say
We will never be distant or apart
They are here with me every day
Woven into the fabric of my heart
But what about a child we lose
Sometimes just a few hours old
Where is that special place we go
Their innocent beauty to behold?
David, they are special beings
They never leave our side
We cradle them for eternity
We keep them safe inside
A mother always holds her child
No matter where they roam
Her body is that special place
Her body is their home
There she can see their face
Where dreams continue to grow
The heart is her special place
Where no one else can go
What a wonderful poem from one heart to another
I am especially moved the verses you wrote about the mother’s undying love for her child …
Thank you for your comment Ali – kind regards David
i joined in the middle. is it possible to get the recording?
Hi Maya, you can watch the full recording above on this page. The video is now posted!
– Jessie @ The Awake Network