The Five Invitations:  Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully- Book Discussion Group


Book Discussion Group- The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Facilitator: Patrick Gibbons

Saturday, March 19 | 10am – 1pm | In-person event | $20 members/ $25 non-members


Join our discussion group based on the book, The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski


Book summary from Amazon:


Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most.


Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. As a renowned teacher of compassionate caregiving and the cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. In The Five Invitations, he distills the lessons gleaned over the course of his career, offering an evocative and stirring guide that points to a radical path to transformation.


The Five Invitations:

-Don’t Wait

-Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing

-Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience

-Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things

-Cultivate Don’t Know Mind


These Five Invitations show us how to wake up fully to our lives. They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis; they guide us toward appreciating life’s preciousness. Awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret. The Five Invitations is a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us.


Reading the book prior to the program is encouraged but not required.  The book can be purchased on Amazon.com or a local retailer.


About the Faciliator:  Patrick Gibbons, Ph.D.


Patrick Gibbons has been a Spiritual Care Coordinator for Hospice of the Western Reserve for 17 years. He has presented workshops on the end of life on local, regional and national levels. Previous to working at Hospice of the Western Reserve, he taught at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, OH and Gannon University in Erie, PA.



Feedback from participants of Patrick's previous programs:


"I was so glad to have the space created by this memorial/ remembrance service. Experiencing loss during this time of increased isolation due to the pandemic has further complicated already painful circumstances. Patrick Gibbon's skill in facilitating was evident, even in a virtual format; I felt the group was inclusive, calm, accepting, and supportive. The opportunity to grieve with others, even remotely, is something that I've been sorely missing."
-M.T.


"Enjoyed the ability to express from my heart and feel heard and safe."
-L.F.


"Patrick Gibbons’ “Virtual Remembrance Service” was food for the soul.  Sharing our loss/es with attendees from this pandemic was the beginning of the healing process for many of us.  I highly recommend this program along with all of Patrick’s programs.  His humility, knowledge of material, and gentle and loving demeanor is a  blessing in its own right.  Thank you, Shadybrook, for bringing Patrick to us. "
-D.K.


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