Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul is Stephen Jenkinson’s award-winning book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life.
A wise death is everyone’s right. The idea makes no sense in a culture that doesn’t believe in dying, or in limits or endings, at all. Here’s the revolution: Dying can be – and must be — the fullest expression and incarnation of what you’ve learned by living.
Stephen Jenkinson is a culture activist, worker, and author. He teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, co-founded the school with his wife Nathalie Roy in 2010, convening semi-annually in Deacon, Ontario, and in northern Europe. He has Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work). Apprenticed to a master storyteller when a young man, Stephen has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school. He is also a sculptor, traditional canoe builder whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture.
Stephen is the author of numerous books, including A Generation’s Worth: Spirit Work While the Crisis Reigns, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble, and the award-winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul. He was a contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies, and the subject of the documentary Griefwalker.