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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!

Frank Ostaseski

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.


  1. Stan June 30, 2020 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Perception dictates the reality you live in
    Sometimes it’s more real just to get through the day. Send back what belongs to others

  2. Patrick June 12, 2020 at 9:39 am - Reply

    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

    Thanks X

  3. Di June 10, 2020 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    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

  4. Clayton Micallef June 10, 2020 at 1:24 am - Reply

    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.

  5. ioannidou katerina June 9, 2020 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    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.

  6. Katherine June 9, 2020 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    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!

  7. David Keith Harrison June 9, 2020 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    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

    • Ali June 9, 2020 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      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 …

      • David Keith Harrison June 10, 2020 at 1:53 am - Reply

        Thank you for your comment Ali – kind regards David

  8. maya shale June 9, 2020 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    i joined in the middle. is it possible to get the recording?

    • Jessie Thomas June 9, 2020 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      Hi Maya, you can watch the full recording above on this page. The video is now posted!

      – Jessie @ The Awake Network

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