DEATH CAFES & EVENTS
All in-person events are canceled for now. I'm moving events to a virtual format (using zoom). So stay in your slippers and join me from the comfort of your own home. See below for details.
May 6th at 8 pm eastern: "How to Host a Death Cafe" for people who want to learn how to hold a death cafe in-person or move their death cafe online. Also for people who already host death cafes and want to learn more. Please read the "how to" guide on the Death Cafe website ahead of time. Register here.
May 11th at 7 pm eastern: Advance Directive 101 session. Learn the basics of creating an advance directive and why it matters. Details and registration here.
May 15th, 6:30-7:30 pm eastern (NEW TIME): Death Positive DC celebrates three years! Pop into this Zoom gathering and say hi. Details and registration here.
May 17, virtual death cafe, 12-1:30 p.m. eastern. RSVP to
May 19th at 12 p.m. eastern: Book club on children's books about death and grief. Open to all adults. Details and registration here.
May 22nd at 7 pm eastern: Paul Williams, President of Congressional Cemetery, will talk to us about green burials and working at the cemetery. Register here.
May 24, virtual death cafe, 7-8:30 p.m. eastern. RSVP to
May 31st, virtual death cafe, 12-1:30 p.m. eastern. RSVP to
Advance Directive 101 session on April 15th, 12-1 pm eastern.
Stitch 'n Bitch on April 16th, from 8:30-930/9:45 pm eastern.
Rhizome Death Cafe on April 17th, 6-7:30 pm eastern.
How to Host a Death Cafe on April 18th, from 4-5:30 p.m. eastern. For people who want to learn how to hold a death cafe or move their death cafe online. Also for people who already host death cafes and want to learn more. Please read the "how to" guide on the Death Cafe website ahead of time.
Paul Williams, President of Congressional Cemetery, will talk to us about green burials on April 22--Earth Day--from 12-1 pm eastern.
Bob Hoffman will offer his Legacy Workshop for Death Positive DC on April 23.
Rhizome Death Cafe on April 26th, 12-1:30 pm eastern.
I've been hosting death cafes in DC since November of 2016. My upcoming death cafes are:
May 17th and 31st from 12-1:30 p.m.
May 24th from 7-8:30 p.m.
June death cafe dates coming soon!
July 13th at Rhizome (details here)
Take a look at this short (under four minutes) video on the Washington Post website about a death cafe I hosted in DC.
Find a death cafe near you!
What is a death cafe?
Filling Out the Five Wishes:
A "Planning Ahead" Workshop
*Stay tuned for the next workshop!
Feb. 29th at Rhizome, 3:30-5:30 (corrected time) p.m.
Cost is $12. Register here.
Five Wishes is an advance directive that addresses personal, emotional, and spiritual issues and meets medical and legal criteria. It is legal in MD, DC, and VA. We will discuss how to share your Five Wishes with your physician and your family/friends. You’ll receive your own document to write in (and sign and take home). Light snacks and drinks will be provided.
Write Your Own Obit Workshop
This event was canceled because of COVID-19. Stay tuned for the next workshop.
The next workshop will be on March 21st from 2-4 p.m at Rhizome in DC. Register here. Cost is $10.
Stay tuned for the next book club!
I created a Facebook group so we can continue our book club discussions outside of our bi-monthly meetings. Join the conversation!
Stitch 'n Bitch:
April 16th 8:30-9:30/9:45 p.m. eastern time. Virtual knitting circle (using zoom). We'll be checking in with each other and talking about life/death during this pandemic. You can do anything creative with your hands while we talk...at the last gathering we had people knitting, sewing, coloring, journaling, and doing origami!
Learn more about the Life & Death Event in June. This event cannot take place in-person anymore, so it's being moved online. Stay tuned for details.
Death Positive DC will be participating!
To find events and death cafes hosted
by other people or organizations in the DC area,
please visit the announcements section of the Facebook group.
I've hosted more death cafes than I can list. Here's a sampling of some of our other events!
Jan. 20th: A visit to the National Museum of Women in the Arts to see Judy Chicago's exhibit on death.
Jan. 16th: An obituary workshop for Iona's Third Thursday End-of-Life Conversation Series (though Around Town DC).
Nov. 2, 2019: "End of Life Expo: Planning a Good Death" at Iona Senior Services Center in DC. I offered a "write your own obit" workshop and had a Death Positive DC table as part of the expo.
Sept. 16, 2019: "Write Your Own Obituary" workshop at Rhizome. Read an article in the Washington Post Magazine about the workshop.
July 23, 2019: Knitting group! People were knitting, sewing, coloring, and doing origami. Our topic of discussion was memento mori.
May 29, 2019: "Write Your Own Obituary" workshop at Rhizome. Read an article about the Dec. workshop here!
May 7, 2019: Book Club! We read The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.
April 23, 2019: Knitting group! People were knitting, sewing, coloring, and doing origami. Our topic of discussion was remembering the dead and how we honor and connect with our dead loved ones.
April 14, 2019: We had a wonderful tour of the beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, DC. We even got to see the inside of the Renwick Chapel.
March 26, 2019: Book Club! We read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.
Feb. 26, 2019: Death Positive DC's first knitting group. Our conversation was prompted by questions from The Death Deck card game. Each gathering has a different topic of discussion related to death.
Feb. 5, 2019: Death Positive DC's inaugural book club! We read From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty.
Dec. 11, 2018: "Write Your Own Obituary" workshop at Rhizome. Read an article about it here!
Dec. 1, 2018: I co-facilitated an event called "Weaving and Grieving" at the Willow Street Gallery in DC/Takoma Park. Participants shared stories and sentiments on their own grief, how grief is symbolically woven into our daily lives, and how gender socialization influences grieving processes--all while creating a unique weaving to contribute to a group work.
Nov. 7, 2018: Members of Death Positive DC met at the Avalon Theater in DC to watch a documentary called 306 Hollywood, which was followed by a Q&A with one of the filmmakers. Watch on PBS (POV) or find it on iTunes.
Oct. 20, 2018: Members of Death Positive DC visited the "Día de Muertos: Cultural Perspectives" art exhibit at Strathmore in Rockville. Learn more about this wonderful art exhibit here.