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Being Present with Dying Loved Ones: Grace & Acceptance

A free public talk with WMYC Director Janaki Pierson.

“The ability to be fully present with a loved one at the end of life is eased significantly for people who have recognized and addressed their own fear of death,” says Ms. Pierson.  “It is easier for people more comfortable with their own mortality to set aside their own feelings to be fully present to the needs of the dying person,” she adds.

Reflecting on ancient eastern traditions, Ms. Pierson discusses tools for opening to the grace flowing in the presence of a person transitioning from this life to the next, and for easing the fear and resistance sometimes felt by the departing person.

Ms. Pierson, co-founder, executive director and principal instructor of the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center, presents seminars on Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Stress Management, Death and Dying/Life and Living, Elementary Sanskrit, and Thinking into Being: Creating Your Own Reality.  Ms. Pierson has been teaching meditation for over 35 years and has been established in her own daily practice for 40 years.

This complimentary program is to open everyone, and includes instruction and practice of meditation. The Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC) is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT. Everyone is welcome to come earlier, at 5:00 pm, for a complimentary sample yoga class.

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction.  WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254,, Facebook, or visit online at