2017 Natural Death Care Symposium

Learning & conversation to honor Earth Day & National Health Care Decisions Day

Choose from events in Portland, Hood River & Goldendale, WA

Learn about Natural Burial, Family-Directed Funerals & Rituals of Remembrance, tour our region’s leading natural and conservation burial grounds, play a thought-provoking Conversation Game:

Hood River, OR & Goldendale, WA Events
Portland Events
  • Wed, April 19, 7-9pm, Conversation Game, River View Cemetery, Portland, REGISTER, share on FACEBOOK
  • Sat, April 22, 9am-1pm Natural Death Care Workshop (followed by optional tours) River View Cemetery, Portland, REGISTER, share on FACEBOOK

Read what participants said about last year’s Natural Death Care Symposium.

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Other Events: Early 2017

Death Talk Project sponsors these regular events: Death Talk Goes to the Movies and PDX Death Cafe. Check out what these good folks are offering in the coming months:

Grief Rites is a monthly literary showcase about all things grief, loss, death and dying. Post 134, 2104 NE Alberta St, Portland.

March 29-April 29: Your Life. Your Death. Your Choices. A Six Event Series organized by the Living/Dying Alliance of Southern Oregon.

April 6 & May 7: LIVE PERFORMANCES OF A FINISHED HEARTWith great emotion and gentle humor, A Finished Heart inspires audience members “to give and receive love in ways unimagined.” Become enveloped by the intimacy of a beautiful marriage as Eliott Cherry performs the conversations he shared with his dying husband. A Finished Heart features story, poetry and an original musical score. 65 minutes, followed by discussion with the author/performer. More info.

May 31-June 4: 7th Annual Death and Afterlife Awareness Conference, coming to Portland with a May 31 kick-off event co-sponsored by the Death Talk Project: The Dilemma of Death & Language of Loss: A Conversation. Use the promotion code “HP” for $10 off general admission to the full conference.

We’re happy to publicize events offered by others in the community in exchange for reciprocal promotion of the Death Talk Project. Read More

Skeletons Out of the Closet: Body Farms & Final Wishes

Emily with the skull she gifted her husband on their final Christmas (credit: Steve Duin, The Oregonian)
How a young widow honored her husband’s unusual wishes, and her quest to find other young, widowed parents

Nicaraguan-born Frank Omier was a gifted artist who lived and painted all over the world. His wife Emily thought she knew the perfect present to get him for Christmas. As she told The Oregonian, “I was going to get him an easel. He wanted a skull, instead.” Read More

Jan 29 Workshop: Earth Altars for Troubled Times

Spaces still available!

MorningAltars founder Day Schildkret. Click image to see more of his earth altars.

Start the new year with MorningAltars founder Day Schildkret & Life-Cycle Celebrant Holly Pruett for a day of beauty-making to honor the darkest season and the grief of these troubled times.

Date: Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 10am-4pm. Tickets via Eventbrite.
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Upcoming PDX Death Cafes

10408964_632028156916619_6709640710392744152_nWe’re pleased to partner with a range of local hosts to offer Death Cafés at a variety of locations around town. There is no fee to attend (donations gratefully accepted) but registration is required for these upcoming Cafes:

Sun, March 5, 2-4pm PDX Death Café at First Unitarian Church

Sun, March 19, 2-4pm PDX Death Café at Pine St. Sangha

Read more about PDX Death Cafe.