Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…
Phyllis Petteys & Lynda Martin-McCormick, presenting “Doing It Your Way: Personal Stories of Home Funeral, Green Burial & Remembrance.”
Phyllis and Lynda will tell the stories of their husbands’ unique (and unconventional) funerals and their experiences with remembrance.
Almost 4 years to the day of the event, Phyllis’ husband Mark died unexpectedly in his sleep in their home. With the help of friends and family, she was able to journey down Interstate 84 and give him the green burial he’d said he wanted in the Petteys pioneer cemetery in Ione, Oregon.
Lynda’s husband David died one year ago in Portland after a long illness, far from their home in Washington DC. Lynda and David had traveled to Portland for the birth of their first grandchild and planned to move there after the summer. Instead, David died shortly after their grandson’s birth. Lynda carried out a home funeral at their temporary apartment (pictured, above), after which David was cremated.
As Lynda and Phyllis come together to share their stories, they find differences as well as commonalities, with the message that there is no one right way to honor our loved ones.