Nominations Open for 2017 Movie Selections!

holly-dtp-movies-fb-bannerHelp us select a discussion-worthy line up of films for our third year of Death Talk Goes to the Movies. We’re accepting nominations through October 31.

We gather for films followed by discussion on 4th Tuesdays, January-November at 7pm, at the Clinton Street Theater in SE Portland. Selected films are not offered to promote a particular point of view. They are a chance to look at how filmmakers are approaching the topic of death and to discuss that approach with others.


View our past selections. Thanks for your ideas!

Introducing the PDX Death Cafe Leadership Team

PDX Death Cafe Co-Chairs Lori Stevens & Kate Brassington

Since co-founding PDX Death Café early in 2013, I’ve produced or supported more than three dozen Cafés. During that time, PDX Death Café has been acknowledged as the largest among the 30+ countries worldwide that are hosting these amazing participant-directed discussions.

Now, with the Death Talk Project sponsoring PDX Death Café (along with related events like our monthly movie night), I am thrilled to introduce the new PDX Death Café Leadership Team. Read More

Tree of Living & Dying: a Gathering for Sacred Story

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Ashland, in early November, will host a Sacred Story Ceremony and Contemplative Retreat on Mortality. Offered by Death:OK presenter Spirit of Resh Foundation and a group of collaborators, the Tree of Living & Dying includes an evening of stories on November 4, and a day of reflection, creative process and embodiment practice on November 5.

Participants are invited to feed the Mystery by placing on an altar the names of ancestors and photos or mementos to honor loved ones. Loss, grief, wonder, questioning, or all-out confusion are welcome entry points for joining the contemplation. Read More

No Crying in Front of Her

Niels Alpert photo from Associated Press

Earlier this month my news feed filled with the headline Terminally ill woman holds party before ending her life. As someone who believes in the importance of funeral and bereavement ceremonies, I was intrigued by how Betsy Davis, a 41 year-old artist with ALS, had approached her final days before being one of the first to use California’s new medical aid-in-dying law. Read More

“Living With” Death, Not Just “Coping With”

Abi, age 12, daughter of author Lucy Hone

As with many of you, my Facebook feed and email in-box are full of the new wave of memes, articles, and programs relating to death, dying, and grief.

Coming off a year of four very personal deaths, I’ve found myself hesitant to immerse myself too deeply. I do dip my toe in every few days, though, and recently found myself drawn to an article titled Remembering Abi: How Lucy Hone lives with the loss of her daughter. Read More