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PDX Death Cafe

Date: 10:00am - 12:30pm PDT October 8, 2016 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

At one time or another, many of us wish to talk about death.

Whether it be thoughts surrounding our own impending death, feelings about the death of a loved one, or opinions on how death is viewed in our society, a Death Cafe is a place to have open-minded, open-hearted and open-ended conversations about death and dying in a setting free of agenda, stigma and ideology.

What’s it like to attend a Death Cafe?

  • A Death Cafe is a place to discuss whatever is on your mind regarding death
  • Discussion is 100% participant-generated, and there is no agenda or curriculum
  • Discussion takes place in small groups with a volunteer facilitator

In the last 5 years, there have been more than 3,000 Death Cafes in over 35 countries. This international movement hopes to increase awareness and generate discussion surrounding the topic of death and dying, and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. To learn more about Death Cafe’s, visit

Past participants have valued…

“Engaging with the topic openly and easily; connecting to people with different perspectives.” 

“Meeting new people and hearing their stories. Feeling commonality and deep compassion.”

Workshop Details & RSVP

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m

Cost: Free! RSVP required. Morning beverages and refreshments will be served.

Online Registration has been closed. To register, please email or call 503-768-6040.

Hosted by: Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT.  Jessica holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Transpersonal Psychology. She is a therapist, clinical supervisor and organizational consultant that specializes in death, dying and grief at her private practice Reflective Therapy & Consulting LLC. Jessica will be giving a workshop, Treatment Issues in Death, Loss & Grief: A Systems Perspective, this December at Lewis & Clark Graduate School.

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