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.
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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!
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 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.
(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)
A group of Death Party Philadelphia members went on a field trip today (04.29.18) to Laurel Hill Cemetery for a guided tour highlighting some of the Egyptian symbolism throughout the bone orchard. For some of us, it was our first time at Laurel Hill but we’ve already got an encore planned for next month’s meeting. Stay tuned for the RSVP!
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!
*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.
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.