DEATH CAFES & EVENTS
Learn more about the Life & Death Event in
West Virginia in June. Death Positive DC will be there!
I've been hosting death cafes in DC since November of 2016. My upcoming death cafes are:
Online death cafe on 3/27 (full)
Online death cafe on 4/5. RSVP here.
May 11th at Rhizome (details here)
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?
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.
Stitch 'n Bitch:
April 2nd. 7-8:30 p.m. eastern time. Virtual knitting circle (using zoom). We will discuss our thoughts and feelings about death during this time of COVID-19 while we knit (or do something else with our hands). 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!
RSVP to to receive the zoom link.
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.
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!
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.