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…
Nora Menkin, presenting “From Coffins to Compost: Pulling Back the Curtain on the Funeral Industry.”
A short background on the funeral consumer advocacy movement which will lead into American funeral traditions in the 20th century and the revolution and alternative movements that are starting to make a comeback and/or changing the way Americans currently approach death care. Trends and changes in the industry will be highlighted including natural burial, home funerals, and alternative methods of disposition (alkaline hydrolysis and The Urban Death Project). The information will empower the attendees to make their own decisions about what is important to them in death care and to start the conversation with their loved ones.
Since death runs in her family, Nora jumped at the chance of being involved with such a wonderful organization when The Co-op Funeral Home of People’s Memorial was being formed in 2007. She began as an intern and has worked her way up to being named the Managing Funeral Director in 2013. With a background in home funerals, Jewish traditions and a passion for natural burial and modern funeral practices, Nora has been presenting at People’s Memorial’s “Ducks in a Row” workshop for the last 2 years.