On Sunday, July 29th, please join us for a screening of, “The Nurse with the Purple Hair,” and discussion immediately following with the documentary subject and DPP friend, Michelle Lasota.
Our Facebook event page has more information:
About, “The Nurse with the Purple Hair,” and Michelle herself:
“The Nurse with the Purple Hair is a warm and inspiring documentary about end-of-life care. The film features hospice nurse Michelle Lasota and is directed by world-renowned filmmaker Sean Cunningham. The film honors hospice professionals and the mind-body-spirit services they provide.”
Michelle graduated as an RN in 2003. When Michelle’s father died unexpectedly in 2004, she was working as a surgical nurse at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. She returned to Philadelphia and switched to hospice nursing. She says: “It was a personal healing journey. For me, everything that I didn’t get to do for my dad I was now doing for all of these other people. So it was really important to me.”
Michelle serves as a level 3 RN on her hospice unit, and as preceptor to nursing students to newly hired employees. In 2010 she received a UPHS nursing excellence award in recognition of Nurse/Patient-Family Relationships.
Michelle makes her home in Philadelphia. She has two little boys.
For more information please visit:
Where do we go when we die? While world religions have their own version of where the soul goes when we die, this multi-media presentations curated by DPP member Shawn Porter takes a humorously visceral approach to strange and unusual destinations for the corpse, touching on such cheerful topics as human taxidermy, incorruptibles and religious cannibalism.
And there’ll be snacks.
Doors will be closed at 6:30 on Sunday August 26th, so please do your best to be on time. (which means early)
https://www.facebook.com/events/179017749424004 for more information.
The laws around the end of life and death are very specific to the state, and sometimes city, in which they occur. In this month’s meet we’ll cover what legislation is in place here in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia if applicable. Feel free to bring any documents you currently have in place or are working on!
Julia Porter has been plagued by death anxiety for as long as she can remember. After discovering the good work being done by the death positive community she felt a great sense of empowerment knowing howmuch control we actually have around the way we die. She is now passionate about creating space for death related discussions and information sharing through her work as a founding member of Death Party Philadelphia. Julia is a Human Resources professional in Philadelphia where she lives with her husband and fellow Death Party member, Shawn, and their animal companions Bailey and Ron.
At the January Death Party Philadelphia meeting, where we hammered out details for the coming year, we were joined by a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer who was working on a profile of DPP for their print edition. We got word earlier today that the article went live today! It was a nice little write up about the death positivity community and our place in it; should it end up online we’ll share the link!
For our last meet of 2017, we’ll be exploring the polarizing issue of the right to die. Julia will open with an overview of the topic and then will facilitate a discussion. As always, all opinions are welcome and will be respected as such. Please come with an open mind and ready to unpack this complicated but extremely important subject.
Interested in attending? The Facebook RSVP has all of the information you’ll need to join the party: DPPFB.
Julia Porter has been plagued by death anxiety for as long as she can remember. After discovering the good work being done by the death positive community she felt a great sense of empowerment knowing how much control we actually have around the way we die. She is now passionate about creating space for death related discussions and information sharing through her work as a founding member of Death Party Philadelphia. Julia is a Human Resources professional in Philadelphia where she lives with her husband and fellow Death Party member, Shawn, and their animal companions Bailey and Ron.
We will be holding our August meeting on 08.20.2017 at 5pm.
DPP member Shawn Porter will be presenting “The Plague Years: How the AIDS Crisis informed my views on Death” with a special movie screening immediately following. From Shawn:
Hey friends! On Sunday August 20th at 5pm, I’ll be presenting a casual chat for the DEATH PARTY PHILADELPHIA group on my experiences with sexuality and body modification during my formative years in the early 1990s- specifically how it pertained to the reality of the AIDS crisis in the communities I was part of and how that informed my views on death and mortality.
There will be a brief talk followed by a presentation of the 1998 film Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance.
It’s free to attend but you must be 21+
To RSVP: Death Party Philadelphia.
To purchase your own copy of Hallelujah!- Click here.
In keeping with our mission to empower everyone with as much information as possible so that we can all have as much say in the kind of death we want, this month we’ll dive deep into the art and science of corpse preparation (embalming, etc.) and restoration.
Death Party Philadelphia founding member John Haldeman will be leading us in this multimedia presentation. As always, we look forward to an evening of death positive conversation and community and we hope to see you there!
Sunday April 30th 2017 at 6pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We’ve scheduled our Death Party dates for the remainder of 2017- the regular schedule will have the meetings on the last Sunday of the month. Our March meeting will start at 6:30pm on Sunday March 26th:
This month, Kelly will present her efforts towards creating a one-stop death-positive resource shop. From info on advance care directives and planning a home funeral to online compendiums of Victorian mourning jewelry and links to formal death education courses and programs, let’s create our very own Death Party reference center! Kelly’s list will be comprehensive but by no means complete, so come prepared to contribute your own favorite deathy resources and web presences!