Aging and Death

San Francisco Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Seth Isaiah Rubin, Ph. D.
Clinical Psychologist
& Jungian Analyst

The C.G. Jung Inst. of Zurich
Diploma granted in 1987
The C.G. Jung Inst. of SF
Certified in 1993

Preparing for Aging and Death

We will carefully examine what it means for you to prepare for death. By exploring your preparations for death in terms of sensation, feeling, thinking and intuition, the four psychological functions according to Jung, you will move toward realizing wholeness and away from one-sidedness.

We grant aim and purpose to the ascent of life, why not to the descent? The birth of a human being is pregnant with meaning, why not death? — C.G. Jung

Here is a sample of what you will encounter in your work with me:

Sensation: the reality based aspects of preparing for death including, for example, wills (such as living and professional), health proxies, and burial or cremation pre-arrangements. How do you want to die?

Feeling: unfinished business with colleagues, friends, and family; relations with groups, organizations, and the collective; legacies. What do you value, and what can you let go of?

Thinking: thoughts about life and death. Reflections about the meaning of life and death. How could your death be meaningful for you?

Intuition: the mystery of life, the mystery of death. Origins and destinations as reflected in dreams, active imaginations and spiritual musings. What is your personal myth about death and dying?

Life and death are two sides of the same coin. So understanding its place in the life cycle and preparing for death is an integral part of living life fully and becoming whole. This is the core of the individuation process.

The goal of your work with me is to think creatively about the place of death in your life and how you might anticipate meeting it.

James Stinnett - Director, Medical and Consultation Psychiatry
Dr. Rubin’s interest in end-of-life issues and death was kindled by his work as the Staff Psychologist in the Clark Unit of Ob/Gyn at the University of Pennsylvania from 1980 – 82. In my capacity as the Consulting Psychiatrist, I provided back-up to Dr. Rubin, who was serving in a true pioneering role. He provided excellent care for
the cancer patients in Gyn Oncology, their families and the medical staff even as he created a viable map in this then unknown territory.