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MORTALITY AS AWAKENED CONSCIOUSNESS

Dr Robert Steiner, theologian, and Reverend Peter Fox, counsellor

This course – in conversation with music, poetry and art – offers a dialogue on a subject not easily spoken about: mortality. We know we die. Most of us want to die in our sleep yet we know we could die violently or in pain through intractable illness. How do we start to reflect honestly on death in a way that acknowledges the fear and anxiety it causes? What do those close to us know about our thoughts and wishes around dying? How do we wish to be remembered? What is essential in the face of death? How do we live sanely and differently in the face of mortality? What protocols around our dying do we want observed? In this shadowy time of our lives there is no need to be fearful but to commit to living fully in gratitude for that which has transcended pain and regret in our living.

 

Recommended reading

Gawande, A. 2015. Being mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end. London: Profile Books.

Wiese, T. 2019. Wreed én mooi is die dood: verhale oor verlies, hunkering en heling. Cape Town: Jonathan Ball.

 

 

Date: Saturday 18 January
Time: 10.00 am–12.00 pm
COURSE FEES: Full R236 Staff & Students R118
Venue: LT3 Kramer Law Building UCT