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!

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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.

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Inquiring Minds

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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!

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.

July Meeting: Life after Death (organ donation)

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Join DPP founding member Diane Lepore for a presentation and discussion on the diverse topic of posthumous organ donation. We’ll be exploring all sides of this topic so, as always, get ready for a lively conversation.

We’re on a tight schedule this month so out of respect for the presenter and the space *please* be on time.

Very excited to learn and discuss! See you all on Sunday!

For information on attending, please visit our Facebook group: Death Party Philadelphia.

OBIT

“I scrolled on down to the obituaries. I usually read the obituaries first as there is always the happy chance that one of them will make my day.”
Author: Robert A. Heinlein

 

April Meeting: Remains to be Seen

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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 deathpartyphl@gmail.com for more information.

March Meeting: 03/26/17

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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!