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The Bardo of Death Studies
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Our mission at the Bardo of Death Studies is to assist in the
development of discourse, discussion, and archival materials related to
personal experiences in Death and Dying. We serve as a friendly net
repository for these personal reflections (both from the professional and
the lay public) and a crossroads resource for others who happen by in
search for personal reflection in their own time of need.
The word "Bardo" comes from the Tibetan words "bar" meaning "in
between"; "do" meaning "island" or "marking point." So we are
on the Net a quiet island or marking point between confusion and
understanding more of the world of the dying, and caring for the dying as
a caregiver. One particular resource we recommend for a significantly
improved understanding of the world of caregiving is Jerral Sapienza's
book, URGENT WHISPERS: Care of the Dying. If you are in a
position at this time as a caregiver or have recently lost a friend or
loved one then this book may be a resource for you to better understand
the place where you now find yourself.
Another of our primary missions here is to provide a forum for discussion
and sharing of folks' stories of their loved one's death experiences, and
how they as family member, friend or caregiver processed it. Our primary
vehicle for eliciting response is an in-depth GuestBook /
Questionnaire on Death and Dying , covering a
variety of aspects of Death, Grief, and personal experience.
[ Review or Fill in the Questionnaire now.
of the questionnaire is to allow you to think about and ask yourself some
of the difficult questions about Life and Death. The questionnaire uses
an effective open query format, with unfinished sentences for you to
complete regarding many different aspects of Life and Death, your
feelings, your experiences, and your beliefs. The open query format
offers a sentence beginning which can be completed in any one of an
endless variety of ways, with no particular bias in mind as to what that
answer might be.
When you finish filling out the questionnaire, you may choose to
send it to us or not, to share it with the world or not. As we have been
told many times over the last couple years the questionnaire has been out,
the exercise itself of completing the questionnaire is often a welcome
cathartic experience in dealing with thoughts, grief, emotions.
Posted responses to the questionnaire
provide a rich archive of people's feelings, impressions and observations
about Death, covering a wide breadth of topics, useful as a beginning
discussion for those who find themselves faced with a variety of questions
about Death. The questionnaire has evolved significantly over the last
few years, and will likely soon break into different versions, for
different respondent situations, so as to ensure that it's meaningful and
applicable to more people's personal experience without having to be so
broad as to have to be watered down in presentation.
We also offer a free service called Net
Memorials, allowing you an opportunity to process some of your grief
by sharing with the world some aspect of your loved one. This can include
your own personal reflections, their poetry, their writings, pictures or
other presentations which serve as memorials of their lives and / or their
passing where you can return later and visit, as well as help to enrich
others' lives by your loved one's memory.
Please feel free to write a memorial
yourself, sharing as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. We can
serve either as merely a confidential and silent recipient of your
reflections, or we can, if you choose, put them in our Contributions from Our Readers and send them out to
the world via the Net.
We also provide an informal reader-contributed series of Book Reviews for books on Death and Dying which
you feel should be made available and known to others. If there's a book
which helped you through a particularly difficult time of your experience
with Death and Dying which you feel would benefit others, then letting
them know about it is a good first step toward that contribution!
A Word About what We Are
We take seriously the study and understanding of Death & Dying,
and are not a clearinghouse for information on the grotesque, the macabre,
or merely dark images. This is not to say that you will never find darker
images here nor writings which may offend some of our readers; we do
understand that there is an 'artistic license' of sorts which some writers
& personal expressions will take in order to dig deeply enough to express
some of the more difficult aspects of their own personal journey and their
artistic views or a particular topic. Sometimes writing about Death is
A Word About what We Are Not
Though we are located in Oregon, where a Death with Dignity Act
Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) referendum passed by the People in 1994
and reaffirmed again in 1997,
we in general have not chosen to dedicate space on the site at this time
to espousal of euthanasia, suicide (either personal or professionally
assisted), or any other such practice.
If these are your particular topical interests, then perhaps we
are not your best location on the Net to visit. We are not primarily
concerned with euthanasia or the process of ending a given life, but
rather, in the process of learning from general process of dealing with
Death and Dying. It is through the contributions, opinions, writings and
memorials expressed here which we hope others will benefit... the gifts,
musings and thoughts of the Dying and those who survive, as interest to
Life and improved awareness of Daily Living. But in the interest of fairness
we do present one particular PAS issue here, that being a reference to
the book Death with Dignity FAQs by Rob Neils.
Other Sites of Interest
We are also interested in being of service to and exchanging links with a variety of Hospice Programs, Families
of dying patients, and to Educational & Spiritual outreach programs in the
areas of Death and Dying issues. If you knonw of a particular link which
we should share, then feel free to be in touch and let us know about
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