About Death:OK

deathOK skull lock upDeath:OK (Let’s Talk About It) was a 10-hour day of inspiration, information, and connection held in Portland, Oregon on October 17, 2015. The Death Talk Project is an outgrowth of Death:OK which itself emerged from strong local interest in PDX Death Cafe.

A one-time event, Death:OK was produced by an all-volunteer steering committee of four people in partnership with more than 70 volunteers and 70 presenters. Five hundred people attended the sold-out event; another 170 joined the waiting list before it was closed.

The event mission: to help build a community where we reconnect to life and death and to each other, reducing the silence, fear, and isolation that too often surround the topic of death.

Read our Final Report to the Community.

This report provides highlights of how the event was organized, what participants said about their experience, and what we learned. It also provides some history of how Death:OK came to be.

If you’d like to hear more about what it took to put together this amazing event, listen to End-of-Life University founder Dr. Karen Wyatt interview organizer Holly Pruett.