The art of dying well
Dealing with death can be emotionally draining, but one man says we shouldn’t fear the experience. Instead, it should be embraced as a natural part of life. Dale Borglum is founder the Living/Dying Project. His organization helps people deal with death, gain a sense of spirituality, live fully, and prepare to die, as he puts it, a “conscious death.” KALW’s Hana Baba sat down with Borglum and asked him what that means.
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May 3, 2011
DALE BORGLUM: Well when we started this 35 years ago or whenever it was, we thought that there would be dying centers in every community in the United States, and we’d be sort of the Colonel Sanders of death, and that this would be the beginning of a great movement. It turns out that at this point there are maybe five or six organizations in the United States that work directly with conscious dying, so that we really, greatly underestimated how deeply the fear of death is embedded in our culture.
HANA BABA: But don’t you think that fear is justifiable? There’s a reason for it? I mean … do you understand?
BORGLUM: I completely understand. I guess what I’m saying is that the spiritual process in its deepest form is letting go of identification with being only separate. Now certainly, you’re over there and I’m over here, and you’re female and I’m male, and there’s other differences that w...
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