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…
Carol Brownlow, Jeanne Staehli, Nancy Ward, presenting “Your Last Gift: Meaningful Memorials for the LGBTQ Community.”
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- How do I want to be remembered?
- Do I want a funeral or a celebration? Who will make the arrangements?
- What can I do to share the responsibility of making this easier?
- What are my “domestic partnership” rights? How do I want my sexual orientation and relationship with my partner to be referred to in my end of life celebration?
- Steps I can take and preferences I can share to ensure that my end of life celebration or funeral tells the authentic story of my life.
Dr. Carol Brownlow is a long-time educator on the rights of gay, lesbian and trans persons. She is an advocate for ceremonies that truly reflect the authentic truth and dignity of this community.
Jeanne Staehli was moved to became an active member of the Oregon Memorial Association by her husband’s death in 2009. She currently serves as a trustee on OMA’s governing board.
Nancy Ward is a Death Midwife and Home Funeral Guide offering end of life services to support and empower the dying and their families to create a meaningful transition.