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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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!
What is a Death Doula?
For our February 26th meeting, DPP member Evi Numen led a discussion on her journey of death acceptance, adventures in volunteering at hospice care and her path to becoming a Death Doula. While still a relatively new concept, Evi took us through the stages of it’s history, the training required and some of the potential scenarios one could expect in that role.
Our next meeting will be on the last Sunday in March. For more information, check out our Facebook group for up to date information: Join the Party.