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Stephen Jenkinson

"Not success. Not growth. Not happiness.
The cradle of your love of life is death."

  - Stephen Jenkinson, subject of the acclaimed NFB film Griefwalker

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, RSW, is a spiritual activist and teacher who is revolutionizing dying in North America. He has Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work). After an apprenticeship to a musician storyteller he worked with dying people and their families, with grieving people and with those unsure how to grieve. As a programme director in a major Canadian hospital, an assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school and an educator and advocate in the helping professions, spiritual activist Stephen Jenkinson consulted to palliative care and hospice organizations.

He is the author of How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them, Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life - a live recorded teaching, and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation, and contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies.

Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of Griefwalker, a National Film Board of Canada feature documentary film , a lyrical, poetic portrait of Stephen’s work with dying people. Griefwalker shows Stephen teaching the redemptive power of deep love for life, when life glimpses its end.

Stephen presents the two year apprenticeship People of Silver & Salt: Orphan Wisdom School  May 14 - 18, 2014 and October 27 - 31, 2014 at Hollyhock,  Old Time: Learning Elderhood, July 13 - 18, 2014 at Hollyhock, and People of the Western Tent October 22 - 26, 2014 at Hollyhock.