A day of inspiration, information & connection organized 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.
It’s OK to talk about death. It’s OK to be scared. It’s okay to laugh. And to cry. Eventually we all push up daisies.
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Mission: We’re organizing this day of inspiration, information & connection 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.
History: In the Spring of 2013, Portland held its first Death Café – a participant-generated conversation format designed to help people make the most of their (finite) lives by increasing awareness of death. Since then, each PDX Death Café has had a long waiting list. In response to this groundswell of interest, a group of volunteers began imagining a full-day event featuring keynotes, workshops, participatory art, and more. Over 200 people provided input through a planning survey.
Character: The event is non-profit, independent, and non-commercial. Providers of relevant products or services are welcome if their participation in the event is aligned with the event mission. Participants are seen primarily as empowered members of a grassroots movement seeking inspiration, information, and connection and not as a marketplace of customers.
Organizers: Produced by an all-volunteer planning committee with the fiscal sponsorship of a respected non-profit organization.