Category: Monthly Meetings

Screening & Discussion with Michelle Lasota

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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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/648605652155956/


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:
https://www.thenursewiththepurplehair.com/

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Death and Disability

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June 24th, 2018 @ 06:00pm.

Could the fear of death be at the root of our culture’s discomfort with bodies that are deemed sick, unhealthy, or “disabled?”

Furthermore, who decides which bodies are “normal” and which need to be cured in the first place? In this presentation, Kelly Crodian-Shuff will use a disability studies framework to argue that the stigma attached to perceived disabilities is a direct consequence of our death-phobic society, and that by accepting the bodily limitations of ALL people, can we create a more compassionate and inclusive world.

Snacks provided; discussion to follow!

For more information, please RSVP on Facebook. 

August Meet: Where do we go when we die?

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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.

 

 

Cemetery Symbolism: A Ghouls Guide

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The semiotics of the bone orchard will be the subject of our May meeting- this time as a group  field trip to the Laurel Hill Cemetery.  DPP founding member John Haldeman will giving a short presentation on symbols commonly found on headstones, followed by a scavenger hunt to see what symbols we can find at Laurel Hill.

We’ll be meeting at the main entrance of the park around 2pm;
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19132

In the case of inclement weather we’ll be meeting at our usual location for John’s presentation and maybe a movie.

https://www.facebook.com/events/247424849159325/

(Special thanks to the Laurel Hill Cemetery for allowing our group to meet up on their grounds. You can find out more information on supporting LHC here: https://thelaurelhillcemetery.org/support)

Death & Taxes

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In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day*, come work on your advance healthcare decision documents with Death Party Philadelphia. Whether you need a few witnesses to finalize your living will or you’ve just decided that having your end of life healthcare wishes organized is important, this open workshop is here to support you.

There is no formal presentation so just bring your documents in whatever state they’re in and any questions you would like to discuss. See you on the 15th!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1919814578329825/

*About National Healthcare Decisions Day:
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

Dying in Pennsylvania

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/205889540160891/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1521174248298750

About Julia:
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.

Death and Insects with Evi Numen

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W: Sunday February 25th.
W: 6pm.
W:  https://www.facebook.com/deathpartyPHL for more information.


In this illustrated talk, independent researcher and artist Evi Numen navigates our complex relationship with insects as it pertains to ideas of death, and explores insect symbolism, deification, and myth across cultures and history.

About Evi:
Evi Numen is an artist, curator, and independent researcher from Athens, Greece. She received her Bachelor and Master of Fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
She held the position of Exhibitions Manager & Designer at the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia from 2009 to 2016. During this time, Numen has organized, designed and installed multiple exhibitions at the Mütter Museum as well as curated their contemporary medical themed art shows.

Her museum photography has been published in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Guardian.
She has provided photographs and design works to several fiction and non-fiction publications including the collection of short stories Boy of Bone by K.R. Sands and Dr. Mütter’s Marvels by Christin Aptowisz, as well as album covers for alternative bands. Numen has exhibited her photographs in group shows in Pennsylvania,, New York and Maryland.

She is the founder and curator of thanatography.com, an online exhibition of contemporary mourning art and writing, and is currently training to become a death doula.

December Meeting: The Right to Die.

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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.


About Julia:
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.

End of Life Care for Pets

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One of the most difficult things about being a pet parent is making the decision at the end of their lives to humanely euthanize them. Hobart will discuss some signs of declining quality of life and ways to make our pets passage from life as comfortable for them as possible.

Meeting will start promptly at 6pm- RSVP for more info: DPP Facebook.

About Hobart:
Hobart Frolley has been working with animals since 2003. For most of that time they worked at a low kill shelter where they learned the importance of companion animal quality of life. In their spare time they draw, knit and spend time with their two cats Don Knotts and Rainer.

THE PLAGUE YEARS. (August Meeting)

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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.