Dark Tourism is defined as tourism involving traveling to places and events associated with death. From the coliseums in Rome, to the small town of Salem, Massachusetts, there is something that makes us want to visit places where something “dark” has happened. We’ve even created a Netflix original documentary series to help fill this need.
This presentation will dive into what exactly dark tourism is, why we as a largely death-phobic population feel drawn to visit these places, and what this increase of visitors means for local communities and their culture. All are welcome to come listen and encouraged to participate with experiences and opinions.
On Sunday, September 23rd, please join our featured presenter, Connor, as he walks us through the ins and outs of death related tourism. Doors open at 6pm. Event RSVP can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/343782049498997/
Connor Michalchuk has been a member of DPP since August 2017. By day, he manages a small boutique selling natural skincare and fragrances, and by night he’s a glamorous burlesque star and comedian. This will be his first presentation at DPP and he looks forward to sharing it with you.
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:
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!
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)
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 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!