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…
Torrie Fields, MPH & Bea Barton, presenting “Let’s Talk About Death: The Most Important Conversation We’re Not Having.”
Death and dying are difficult topics to bring up with friends and loved ones. In this presentation, Torrie Fields and her mother, Bea Barton, will discuss tools and resources that will assist in facilitating having the conversation no matter the circumstance. Using real-life scenarios from having the conversation with friends and family, this session will outline how tools and resources like The Conversation Project, Five Wishes, My Gift of Grace, Go Wish Cards, Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death, Death Café, StoryCorps, and The Dinner Party can ease even those least comfortable discussing these topics into sharing what matters most to them.
Torrie Fields, MPH, is the Program Director of Personalized Care Support, a palliative care program developed by Regence. She is a leader in the Payer-Provider Partnership workgroup for the Center to Advance Palliative Care and a regional director for Oregon Public Health Association. Torrie has taught sociology of death and dying courses at Portland Community College and San Diego Community College. She has also spent over 10 years facilitating grief and bereavement support groups for adolescents and developing suicide prevention training materials. Bea Barton, Torrie’s mother, is an avid genealogical researcher and historian. She has a background in special needs education and family history research.