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

14556582_1199175543437059_3434063201907889034_oWe 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.”


  • Sunday, October 30, 2016, 1-3:30pm
  • Wayfinding Academy, 8010 N Charleston Avenue, Portland, 97203
  • Advance tickets encouraged through Eventbrite
  • $40 per person/ student & senior rate: $25
  • On-line ticket sales close 8am the day of the event. Afterwards, cash only at the door, on a space available basis.
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Here’s how he describes the focus of his talk this coming Sunday: Read More

Monthly Informational Interview

picture1Wondering 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.

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One Year Ago October 17th

Words most frequently used to describe Death:OK. Click image to read full report from the 250 participants who provided feedback.

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”.

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Threshold Choir + Festival of Shorts Oct 25

image courtesy of Portland Threshold Choir

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

Taps for Babies

flyer“The day my second daughter, Marina, was born, was the second happiest day of my life,” Tamara Wedin says. “But it was also the second most heartbreaking. She was beautiful and perfect and had the deepest blue eyes you’ve ever seen…ten perfect little piggy toes…but she was not breathing. She had died two days prior, which we were fortunate enough to watch on ultrasound as her last heartbeat showed on the monitor.”

Tamara has channeled her family’s agony – grief that came close to taking her down – into Taps for Babies, a support program for other veterans who’ve experienced pregnancy loss or the death of an infant. Read More