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Death and Dying Program

Buddhism teaches us that death is the outcome of life for all beings and the only unknown is the time of its arrival. Therefore, it is important that our community be prepared for this inevitability of death in a way that is wise, compassionate and consistent with our Buddhist practice. The following are components of our Death and Dying Program for members.

1.  Buddhist Wisdom on Death and Dying. This 4-week class provides FCM members with the opportunity to explore a Buddhist perspective on death and dying and gain a greater understanding and acceptance of impermanence and death.  


2.  End of Life Transition Support. Under our Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner's oversight, a team of FCM members experienced in the area of death and dying has been formed. They are available to members that are in the process of dying themselves or are caring for a loved one who is dying. Through their mindful presence and experience with the process of dying, these members will offer supportive conversation and home visits, and upon request guided meditations to calm and stabilize the mind of the dying person. 

3.  Funeral Services. FCM offers funeral services for members at the Tampa Center. The purpose will be to support and guide those who have died with a meaningful Buddhist ceremony and to provide a commemorative ceremony for their families and the community. 

4.  Resources. Resources in the area of death and dying are provided in the Buddhist Wisdom on Death and Dying Course and through consultation with the End of Life Transition Support team members. (Link to resource page to be created.)

For more information or to request services or support in the area of death and dying please contact our Community Care Leader at  Community-Care-Leader@floridamindfulness.org

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