Holiday Remembrance Events

The dark winter months can teach us so much about endings and the new life that grows from fallow times. A short list of the spaces I and others are holding this holiday season for reflection, grief, remembrance,… Read More

Other Events: Fall 2017

Death Talk Project sponsors these regular events: Death Talk Goes to the Movies and PDX Death Cafe. Check out what these good folks are offering in the coming months: Grief Rites is a monthly literary showcase about all things… Read More

Stephen Jenkinson: West Coast Events

Next month I’m headed to the Ottawa Valley in eastern Canada for my 7th session of Stephen Jenkinson’s Orphan Wisdom School. Listening to Stephen “being troubled out loud” about the times we’re in, and exploring the history of… Read More

An Afternoon with the Threshold Choir

Crossing the Threshold: Sunday, July 23 in Portland Over my years as a Celebrant and Home Funeral Guide, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with the Threshold Choir a number of times – even receiving their soothing song-presence… Read More

Party with a Purpose

Saturday, June 24: 50th Birthday Fundraiser for Death Talk Goes to the Movies Help support the valuable community resource, the Clinton Street Theater, and our monthly movie series, Death Talk Goes to the Movies. The Clinton Street Theater opens… Read More

Afterlife Conference Returns to Portland in 2017

Use our promo code for a discount on general admission 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… Read More

Cease Not Until Death: a 6 week class

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!… Read More

Taps for Babies

“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… Read More

Healing at the Edge: Living & Dying

Early bird pricing extended to Oct 15! 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…. Read More

Death: An Oral History

Portland 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,… Read More