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