Befriending Mortality 6-Week Series

“Befriending Mortality” 6-Week Series What does Befriending Mortality mean to you? Join me to reflect on many facets of this time-honored question. SPRING UPDATE: I’m taking a summer hiatus from teaching. Contact me if interested in future offerings… Read More

TEDxPortland’s Salon on Mortality

“Courage emerges from Love.” ~ Priscilla Bernard Wieden  Last week Amber and I entered a temple of creativity made holy on that night by courage, love, and honest talk about mortality. Five hundred souls came together in Wieden+Kennedy’s auditorium for a TEDxPortland Salon,… Read More

Washington Funeral Resources & Education

In Washington, as in most states, no one is required to purchase the services of a funeral director or funeral home when a death occurs. Many don’t know that families and community members may conduct most of the… Read More

Black Leaders Speak Out on Racism in Death and Deathcare

Six conversations & teachings I was privileged to attend In the four weeks since a Minneapolis cop murdered George Floyd for all the world to see, I – along with many other white folks who’ve considered ourselves good… Read More

Pandemic Care Guide

Whether your loved one dies from COVID-19, or from an unrelated illness, accident, overdose, or suicide – death looks different in the time of pandemic. Helping systems, both personal and institutional, are highly stressed. Compounding our grief over… Read More

Meet our new public info site: “A labor of love, so needed”

Oregon Funeral Resources & Education is a new a non-commercial public interest site dedicated to helping Oregon consumers care for their own dead with or without the assistance of a funeral director. The site is being lauded by medical and funeral industry professionals as a much-needed resource for both families and professionals.

Out Beyond the News of Good and Bad

Observations about health, mortality, and language Editor’s Note: Ever since Karen attended the very first PDX Death Café in 2013, I’ve been privileged to be on the receiving end of her ways of being “troubled aloud,” a practice… Read More

For He So Loved the World

“A willingness to be limited, so that the world can continue whether our iteration of what we’ve come up with continues or not.” With my three-month hiatus from community education now extended to six, and more time spent… Read More

PDX Death Café In the News and on the Calendar

While the public work of the Death Talk Project is still on hiatus, the next generation of PDX Death Café volunteer leaders and facilitators is continuing to respond to community requests with a busy schedule of late winter… Read More

Hello Darkness My Old Friend

Death Talk Project takes a three-month hiatus…  As we come to the shortest day of the year, I’m preparing to go dark myself. Three years after founding the Death Talk Project and nearly six years since bringing Death… Read More