Afterlife Conference Returns to Portland in 2017

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The Death Talk Project is leading a discussion on language to kick-off the 7th Annual event.

This popular national conference returns to Portland June 1-4, 2017. Use the promotion code “HP” for $10 off general admission to the full conference.

To kick off the 7th Annual Conference, the Death Talk Project will host an interactive evening focused on the language we use to talk about death and grief. A panel of experts facilitated by Holly Pruett will explore the pros and cons of popular euphemisms for death, whether death is the “end of life,” and multi-cultural approaches to talking about death and the afterlife. All participants will be invited into small group discussion. Read More

Holiday Remembrance Events

angel-of-hope-invite-2016The winter holidays call us to remember… those who are no longer at the table with us… the traditions of our ancestors… a time when our prayers were known to be needed to persuade the return of the light.

This December I return to two community venues to help hold space for grief and remembrance. Please join me:

Dec 11: Children’s Memorial Day Candlelighting Service

A ceremony to honor the grief of families whose children have died, and the memories of those children. River View Cemetery Chapel, 7pm. Free, no registration required. Optional submission of photo by Dec. 5. Download a flyer.

Dec 18: 5th Annual Celebration of Love & Remembrance

Come together for a period of silent meditation, quiet music, and rituals of remembrance, bereavement, and farewell, followed by a simple supper. You are encouraged to bring pictures or mementos of persons you wish to honor or remember. Offered by Holly Pruett, Life-Cycle Celebrant & Home Funeral Guide; Don Tarbutton, retired Hospice Chaplain; Harp: Sylvia Hackathon, CM-Th.

Pine Street Sangha, 5:30-7pm. There is no cost to attend, contributions are appreciated. Space is limited, registration required via Eventbrite.

Final Film & Death Cafés of 2016

13443129_528899930626716_3589000226302426187_oJoin us Tuesday, November 22 for Death Talk Goes to the Movies‘ final screening of 2016, the critically acclaimed documentary We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco. Discussion will be led by director and producer David Weissman, along with one of the film’s subjects, Daniel Goldstein. 7pm at the Clinton St Theater, suggested donation $5+.

We have two final Death Cafés scheduled this year:


Cease Not Until Death: a 6 week class

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Delve series leader Lois Leveen
I’ve just completed this provocative and useful exploration of how literature and art help us make sense of illness and the end of life. There are a few spaces left for the encore session in January – sign up today!
Death comes for all of us, and for those we love—often after long bouts of debilitating disease.  What role can art and literature play in understanding and enduring these losses?

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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