We’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.
As one who knows the grief of a pregnancy aborted and attempt after unsuccessful attempt at conception, I wasn’t surprised to receive a NY Times piece on the topic from a half-dozen people. It’s no wonder The Japanese Art of Grieving a Miscarriage has hit a nerve: our dominant culture in the US has little willingness to see this face of grief.
In the Times essay, the American author describes the ceremonial vacuum she and her husband experienced when her 10-week-old pregnancy ended. “We knew miscarriage was common. But why wasn’t there anything people did when it happened? ‘If only there were some kind of tradition.…’” Read More
BJ Miller’s TED Talk, “What really matters at the end of life,” has garnered more than 5 million views since early 2015. And now a NYT profile of this man with the remarkable survival story is striking a nerve. As the piece gets shared on Facebook from page to page, what does it tell us about the times we live in, the culture it reflects?
The day before my Dad’s craniotomy for his fatal brain cancer, his surgeon said to me, “Don’t worry, little girl.” I was nearly 40. “We’ll fix your Dad right up.” How much different might our family’s experience have been with a doctor like BJ Miller? Read More
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 Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) conference in October, 2015, I founded the Death Talk Project. Now 9 months since its debut, we have an email list of 2000 and combined Facebook “Likes” (across 6 pages) of 4100 – and have gotten countless notes of appreciation & encouragement 🙂
I’ve hosted 23 nights at the movies in partnership with Peace Films & the Clinton Street Theater, with our 2017 line-up ready to roll. I’ve fielded at least 3-dozen inquiries about “how to get into this work” and launched a new monthly informational interview session to respond to this demand. Read More