In the gentle way so typical of transition groups, one of the three co-presenters welcomed the small group of women to the TAD (Transition Approaches to Death and Dying) workshop. We did a round of names, and, where the attendees obviously felt safe enough, to reveal their feelings around death, passing on their stories of bereavement. The workshop presented much of what the Lancaster group have learned and discussed over their meetings in the last year.
It is interesting that all the participants were women and all but one were over 50. Is this subject, how we prepare for our own death and how we dispose of our bodies still seen as too much to do with “caring” and thus a woman’s role? Although Transition men are trying to break out of stereotypes we decided there were just too many left brain alternative workshops!
Wendy Haslam member of Lancaster TAD group