Stephen Jenkinson

courtesy of the Nights of Grief and Mystery Tour

For years, Stephen Jenkinson led the palliative care department at a major Canadian hospital. Sitting at the deathbeds of over a thousand people, he discovered again and again “a wretched anxiety” around death. Recognizing this death phobia as a symptom of cultural absence rather than any individual's personal issue, Stephen and his wife Nathalie opened the Orphan Wisdom School, a learning house for “elders-in-training.”