About Margaret Meloni
Margaret Meloni is a businessperson, Buddhist practitioner, and an advocate for what she calls Death Dhamma. The practice of inviting the awareness of death into your life. She has seen how Buddhism, combined with a healthy respect for the Grim Reaper, has helped her create a life with more peace and less suffering.
One day, while navigating the demands of everyday life: family, friends, work, and studying for her Ph.D.; she realized that more significant challenges were coming her way.
She began to realize that the people she loved were going to die. Her mother-in-law, Lee, was in her nineties, her parents were approaching their eighties, and her husband, Ed, had already outlived his father. She had already said goodbye to others.
She began to wonder, “How can I handle losing the people I love the most?”
She knew that death would come but was fearful that she would be unprepared. She used to tell herself that she was not afraid of her death but did not want to be left behind by the ones she loved. She knew that she was unrealistic.
Death did come, and it was her Buddhist practice that sustained her as she grappled with the loss of her closest family members. She began to envision death as a friendly companion. The Grim Reaper was doing his job. And now that she has made friends with death, her goal is to help all of us to accept death as an essential part of life.
Margaret earned her Ph.D. in the field of Buddhist Studies.
Margaret is a dynamic speaker who combines inspiration, common sense, and a dash of humor.