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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Center San Miguel Opens with Consciousness-Raising Event on the Death Positive Movement

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By Wilka Roig

The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation (EKRF), a nonprofit organization inspired by the work of psychiatrist, humanitarian, and hospice pioneer Dr Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, is opening in San Miguel on August 28 with a gala that will involve public discussions on death and dying, explanations of the death positive movement, and education about Otomi beliefs and practices regarding death.

Ross wrote over 23 books that have been translated into more than 35 languages. Her book, On Death and Dying, is celebrating its fiftieth year of publication.

Popularly known for creating the theory that people experience loss via five stages of grief, Kubler-Ross is often referred to as “the death and dying lady.” She referred to herself as the “life and living lady.” Her memoir, The Wheel of Life, tells stories of a truly inspiring woman.

The EKRF is dedicated to embracing all of life, including death, encouraging our acceptance of death as an integral part of life and allowing us to live more fully, more purposefully.

EKRF México Centro, spanning six states of central México, creates platforms for didactic discussion about loss, grief, aging, illness, dying, end-of-life care, death, and beyond. Inspired by Ross’s work, the foundation stands for compassionate care for the grieving, the dying, and those who love them, and for the power of love and forgiveness as essential elements of good living and good dying.

We joyfully invite you to celebrate with us the inauguration of the EKRF México Centro, with headquarters in San Miguel de Allende. Ken Ross, son of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and president of the global EKRF, will be our guest of honor for this momentous milestone.

The occasion will be commemorated with a very special consciousness-raising event: a dynamic, cultural, historical, informative, and practical experience that connects our regional ancestral traditions around loss, grief, dying, and death with the current advancements of the Death Positive movement. The inaugural event includes a glimpse into pre-Hispanic astronomy, the flavors and textures of ancestral gastronomy, the current relevance of our Mesoamerican cosmology, and an overview of our proposal to move away from death phobia.

Find out how observing nature teaches us about this ever-present life-death-life cycle, about the small and great festivities of Dä’thä—the “long sleep,” i.e., death in our regional Otomí language. Learn about the true origins and practices of the Day of the Dead and how ancestral traditions and the current-day death positive movement overlap and greatly enrich us to live more vibrant, fulfilling lives.

Advance reservation is required. The 800-peso admission includes transportation to and from the event, admission to the fire ceremony, introduction to pre-Hispanic astronomy and Mesoamerican cosmology, dinner with ancestral foods and drinks, conversation with representatives of the EKR MXC foundation, and your valuable contribution to the death positive movement.


Lecture, Dinner

“Dä’tha Over Dinner”

Wed, Aug 28, 5pm

Museo de Astronomía Prehispánica

Calle Principal 10

Agustín González, Guanajuato

Extra info:

800 pesos


Round-trip transportation

Admission to fire ceremony and more


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