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

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… Read More

Jan 29 Workshop: Earth Altars for Troubled Times

Spaces still available! 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…. Read More

New Event Oct 30: Stephen Jenkinson on The Ache of Anarchy

The Ache of Anarchy: Meditations From the Withered Tree An afternoon with Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW on Sunday, October 30, 2016 We are pleased to share the unexpected news that Stephen Jenkinson will join us in Portland this… Read More

Threshold Choir + Festival of Shorts Oct 25

Join us Tuesday, October 25 for Death Talk Goes to the Movies‘ 2nd annual Festival of Shorts, featuring a live performance by the Portland Threshold Choir and harpist Michael Sasnow, a musical thanatologist. The Threshold Choir will offer… Read More

Die Wise Author Wins Prestigious Award

Stephen Jenkinson Tickets Still Available Stephen Jenkinson – teaching in Portland on May 6th & 7th – has just won the Nautilus Award for his contribution to the genre of death, dying, and grief with his book DIE WISE –… Read More

Rave Reviews for Natural Death Care Symposium

Nearly 100 attend in Portland and the Gorge. Here’s some of what participants had to say about the material presented by River View Cemetery Director David Noble, White Eagle Memorial Preserve Manager Jodie Buller, and Life-Cycle Celebrant &… Read More

Special Event: Grief Song Ceremony

Unexpressed, privatized grief can be toxic, debilitating, and cause illness. On a lovely Spring afternoon on the banks of a lake we’ll create a sacred song circle to heal and transform grief in a safe communal context. Led by… Read More

Registration open for Earth Day Natural Death Care Symposium

If you’re interested in… Green/ natural burial – urban & rural options Family-directed death care/ home funerals Meaningful memorialization and creative remembrance rituals Making a plan for your own wishes Connecting with others who want their death to reflect… Read More