How To Face Death

How To Face Death

'It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.'

So opined Woody Allen, capturing something of our ambivalence about the one thing about which we can all be absolutely and irrefutably certain: we will die. On the one hand, it is almost commonplace to say that suffering is what we fear, not annihilation. But on the other, anyone who has experience the death of a loved one, or faced death themselves, will know that it is no trivial incident. We might even be a death-denying culture, if the way that we cloth death and keep it out of sight is anything to go by.

And yet, as Wittgenstein put it, death is not an event in life, by which he meant it is very hard to get a handle on. So how can we think about it, what should we make of it, what resources are there to help us deal with it? On this evening, we will look at what philosophers and theologians, film-makers and poets have said about death. We will ask whether there is such a thing as a good death and how we might mourn the loss of others well. We will see if we can catch a glimpse of what J.M Barrie called 'an awfully big adventure.'


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture and group activity and conversation. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.


Vouchers for our Australia-wide program of events and classes are available for purchase online.



Vashti Whitfield has for over 20 years, been driven by her desire to facilitate the development of human potential. She has worked as a facilitator, mentor & executive coach along with designing educational programs for organisations, agencies & businesses. Vashti is also known for her part in choosing to honour the death of her husband and sharing her own personal journey through grief, as a catalyst, to inspire and educate millions of people around the world - through her writing, speaking and the recently released feature film documentary Be Here Now. Vashti has spent the greater part of 2016 travelling around the world presenting and speaking on the topics of dying, grief, resilience and adversity conversion. Along with her recently published candid biography, Spartacus and Me, Vashti has been interviewed and profiled in a range of international media.


18.00     Welcome & Class commences
19.30     Break (times vary)
21.00     Class finishes


Full price: $80.00
Concession: $70.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.  


The School of Life 
370 Bourke St
Surry Hills
Sydney  2010

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Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date.