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

Healing at the Edge: Living & Dying

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The edge – you know the one?  Where illness, grief, trauma, loss, spiritual yearning, or a combination of crises, arises. Where our beliefs are upended; our perception of what is true is ruptured. Where questions about living, dying, healing, and what we hold to be sacred become urgent.

Life at this edge is the focus of Dale Borglum’s work, built on nearly four decades of experience as a counselor, spiritual advisor, and guide. Co-author with Ram Dass and Daniel Goleman of the classic “Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook” and longtime collaborator with the late Stephen Levine, he continues to speak and teach widely on the subject of dying with Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein,  and many others.

Death Talk Project is pleased to cosponsor an evening talk and day-long workshop with Dale Borglum in Portland, October 28-29, presented by the wonderful organization Living Earth.

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Death: An Oral History

deathcover_digitalPortland journalist Casey Jarman is winning praise for his eclectic collection of interviews, including one with yours truly.

Of all the conversations I’ve had amidst the current crest of death talk, the one I had with Casey stood out: wide-open, willing to wonder, curious, candid.

Death: An Oral History, available this month, is described by the usually restrained Publishers Weekly as a “profound collection of essays . . .Through Jarman’s discerning curation, interesting thought patterns emerge. Even those dealing with death professionally discuss it with remarkable candor and intimacy.” Read The Guardian review.

Join me at Casey’s October 27 reading, Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 pm. Read More

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