Book - 21 Days to Die:
The Canadian Guide to End-Of-Life
Written during the the Covid-19 pandemic, this book is both timely and prescient. In it, the writer reminds us that there is a natural process of dying that we can all learn to watch and recognize. It will be published by Greenbank Books (a division of Sumeru Books) with a publication date of October 13, 2021.
The book is available by advance order with a 20% discounted price.
Outdoor Drop-in Book Signing
Thursday, October 14, 5:00-8:00pm ET
Drop by the Village Healing Centre parking lot to meet the author and request a personal book signing. Books will be available to purchase for $25 (cash, with no shipping fees), or you can bring your own books. No registration required.
Book Launch Information
Virtual Book Launch - on Zoom
Tuesday, October 19, 7:30-9:00pm ET
Join author, Linda Hochstetler, as she talks about the book writing process and reads excerpts from her book. The book explains the dying process within the Canadian healthcare system, but her description of the dying process itself is universal.
Meditation Classes - Recognizing the Dying Process
November 3 - November 24, 2021; Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm
Topic: It’s time we all learned to recognize death. There are predictable stages of dying that occur, regardless of the disease. Each week we’ll discuss a different section of the book – 21 Days to Die: A Canadian Guide to End of Life, written by Linda Hochstetler. Read along, and come prepared to discuss the various chapters. Collectively we will be encouraged to share stories of observing the death process, and hearing others’ stories of the pattern of dying. Facing the dying process is one of the most fearless actions one can take to help one live life more fully.
Students attending this series are encouraged to purchase the book - 21 Days to Die: A Canadian Guide to End-of-Life and to read the book during the series, in order to participate more fully.
Voluntary Stopping Eating & Drinking (online)
Tuesday, November 9, 7:30-9:00pm ET
Online - on Zoom
Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) has been legal in Canada since 2016, and many proclaim to be interested in applying for it. However, people tend to overgeneralize it as the best option for limiting suffering at end of life, and too often they wait too long to ask for it.
Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED), on the other hand, is an intervention that is much closer aligned to palliative care and is appropriate in many end-of-life scenarios.
Come learn how choosing the right moment to stop eating and drinking, and having your family on board for this decision, is one of the best ways to achieve a natural and pain-free end-of-life experience.
The benefits of VSED is explained in the recent book - 21 Days to Die: The Canadian Guide to End-of-Life by Linda Hochstetler, who will lead this workshop on VSED.
Dying, Death, & Community Discussion (online)
Thursday, October 28, 2021; 7:00-8:30pm
Topic: What do the final 21 days of life look like? What are the stages of natural death? Based on the book '21 Days to Die; A Canadian Guide to End of Life', written by Linda Hochstetler, tonight's discussion will focus on the dying process, and teach you about the fearlessness needed to observe this process. Being present with dying leads to more peaceful endings for dying people and their loved ones.
January 21-23, 2021 - 6 sessions throughout the weekend
Join author, Linda Hochstetler, as she conducts a public education training on recognizing the final stage of dying. She describes what happens at the body, speech, and mind levels, and embeds this information in hospice palliative care options in Canada. She will describe many of the terms and interventions unique to end-of-life care, and ensure that you are equipped to make decisions that align with your values.
In addition to learning knowledge about the dying process, participants will be encouraged to do traditional Vajrayana Buddhist meditation practices on dying and death to in an experiential way.
Participants are encouraged to read the book - 21 Days to Die: The Canadian Guide to End-of-Life, in advance of the weekend.
Classes will be held on Zoom, and the link will be sent one week prior to the first class. Recordings will be made of the classes, and will be available for one week after the last class.
Class schedule (6 sessions):
Friday - 7:30-9:00pm ET
Saturday - 9:00-10:30am ET, 3:00-4:30pm ET, and 7:30-9:00pm
Sunday - 9:00-10:30am ET and 3:00-4:30pm ET
Teacher: Lama Linda (aka Linda Hochstetler) has studied both mindfulness meditation and Vajrayana Buddhism for more than 20 years. She trained in mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 90’s, and studied under Namgyal Rinpoche (the first Canadian-born Rinpoche) from 1995 until his death in 2003. She received permission to teach in the Namgyal lineage in 2014, and currently studies Vajrayana Buddhism with Qapel and Cata Sensei. Silent meditation retreats are a central part of her study and practice, and since 1995, she has completed retreats of between 1 week and 2 months in length every year. She is also a registered social worker with a specialty in illness, dying, and death, and a thriving private practice.
Advance Praise for Book
"With a wealth of expertise in palliative care, Linda Hochstetler brings knowledge and compassion to a topic that many avoid, yet none of us will escape. Informative and thought-provoking, 21 Days to Die is an important resource that helps us better understand dying and death in Canada."
— Dr. Naheed Dosani, Palliative care physician and health justice activist
"21 Days to Die is a welcome and important addition to the field of end of life care. It is delightful to have Linda’s voice and experience in the urgency and tenderness of this work."
— Koshin Paley Ellison, author of Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up and Co-Founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
"With spot-on timing, Linda Hochstetler has provided the ideal guidebook for anyone who believes they will die one day. With practical tips, relatable examples and a huge list of resources, Linda helps us prepare ourselves and others for this natural transition."
— Julie McIntyre, MD, CCFP, FCFP, semi-retired family physician providing counselling in advance care planning and end of life issues.
"Give yourself the gift of reading 21 Days to Die; it is educational, compassionate and caring. Hochstetler generously shares her wealth of knowledge and experience in a concise book that will be a key tool for Canadians to deepen their understanding of how to care for and be with one another at the end of life."
— Kathy Kortes-Miller, PhD, MSW author of Talking About Death Won't Kill You
"Linda Hochstetler generously shares life-honouring wisdom without beating around the bush, calling on her years of experience supporting the dying & those they leave behind. Linda weaves in ideas & approaches from various people & perspectives, including Buddhism, that can strengthen our capacity to consciously navigate dying & death, particularly in a Canadian context."
— Chase Everett McMurren, MD, CCFP, MDPAC(C), Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto