We are pleased to share the unexpected news that Stephen Jenkinson will join us in Portland this coming Sunday for an afternoon talk.
Stephen keynoted Death:OK a year ago and spoke in Portland earlier this year to a sold-out audience in an address he titled “Should the World Tree Be Withered.”
Here’s how he describes the focus of his talk this coming Sunday: Read More
Wondering what it’s like to work as a celebrant or home funeral guide? Feeling called to work with death, dying, and bereavement but unsure how to engage? I receive an average of five requests each week from people wondering how they might find their way on this path.
Because of the high volume of such requests, and the amount of pro bono community service I provide (Death Talk Project is not monetized), I now offer a group informational interview session once a month. Enrollment is limited to four people, by advance registration. Cost of this hour-long, in-person session in NE Portland is $20 per person.
One year ago, on October 17, we gathered 500 strong for a day-long event we called Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It).
From my reflections, two weeks later:
Keynoter Stephen Jenkinson alerted us to “Coping, hoping, and – when all else fails – doping,” the three-headed hydra that slays any possibility of a sane relationship with dying, grief, and death. He reminds us that if conversation about death is like every other comfort-seeking measure in North America, we’re at risk of turning a wolf into a poodle so it will sit on our laps. He invites us to consider that death will not be domesticated, that the new fifth column of “death hipness” could well be the new boss, same as the old boss, as The Who warned in “Won’t Get Fooled Again”.
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 personal “song baths,” a chance to be surrounded by the soothing power of song, beginning at 6:30pm. Admission is by donation, suggested $5.
The film program begins at 7pm. Content covered by our shorts ranges from the science of near-death experiences to the craft of pine coffin making. Read More