Natural Death Care: Green Burial & “Aqua Green Cremation”

Learn about green death care options from the region’s leading natural burial providers. Be the first to learn about “Aqua Green Cremation,” now available in the Portland area.   Details: Sat, April 14, 2018 at River View Cemetery, 0300… Read More

2017: A Year in the Life

Where my work as a Life-Cycle Celebrant and community conversation leader took me 2017 was the 3rd year in a row that saw me attend the death of a member of my inner circle 5th year of co-leading PDX… Read More

Monthly Film Night Comes to an End

Death Talk Digest readers know better than most that all good things must come to an end. And so it is with our monthly film and discussion series, Death Talk Goes to the Movies – we’re calling it quits after… Read More

PDX Death Café Seeking Facilitators

Applications now open for 2018 Facilitation Team As we head towards our 5th anniversary in early 2018, PDX Death Café has been cited as one of the largest in 50 countries across the globe. We rely on volunteer… Read More

Dying in Community

An antidote to “My life. My death. My way.” While considering one’s death has been central to many spiritual and cultural traditions through the ages, the modern incarnation in our individualistic, me-first society can become something of a… Read More

A Sad Farewell to the Man Who Started a Movement

Six years ago, a man and his mother started a worldwide movement. The 50-country-strong Death Café community is rocked today by news of the sudden death of founder Jon Underwood. Jon, who inspired, guided, and supported hundreds of… Read More

The Dilemma of Death & Language of Loss: A Conversation

“Palliative care is one place where euphemisms go to enjoy job security and long life.” Stephen Jenkinson, Die Wise Join me at the 7th Annual Afterlife Conference in Portland June 1-4, 2017 (see image caption for a great $50… Read More

Death Talk by the Numbers

Nearly 4 years ago I co-founded PDX Death Café. Since then, I’ve led or supported 43 Death Cafés – and now I’m mentoring a leadership team that’s recruited a cohort of 2-dozen committed facilitators. Following the sold-out 500-person… Read More

Meet Your Friendly Local Thanatologist

The envelope arrived yesterday from the Association for Death Education and Counseling with my shiny new certification (well, not so shiny, but it is a nice paper stock). I now have a few more letters to put behind… Read More