Hood River Death Café meets July 9

Explore death, dying beliefs, rituals at July 22 event

The fifth Hood River Death Café will be held on Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. at Providence Down Manor, 1950 Sterling Place, Hood River.

At a Death Café, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The idea is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.

Death Cafés are open, group-directed discussions of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. They serve as intimate forums for exploration and reflection rather than being grief support or counseling sessions. They provide an open, respectful and confidential space where people can express their views safely and freely. There is no specific age limit. Adults of all ages, from 18 to 90-plus, have participated in Death Cafés across the country.

Death Café is a “social franchise.” The Death Café model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz. The first Death Café in the United Kingdom was offered in Underwood’s house in September 2011. Death Café’s have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australia. As of today, over 1,600 Death Café’s have been offered throughout the world. Lizzy Miles ran the first Death Café in the U.S. and has played a significant role in Death Café’s development.

This event is being organized as part of a monthly discussion series on death, dying and end-of-life issues sponsored by the Hood River Library. This event is co-sponsored by Providence Down Manor. For more information, please contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, info@hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit the library website at hoodriverlibrary.org.

Explore death, dying beliefs, rituals

Throughout the world there exists tremendous variation in how people view and treat death: in the ritual practices tied to the disposition of the deceased, in forms of bereavement and remembrance, in the meaning and definitions attached to death, and in how people care for the dying or prepare for their own death.

The Hood River Library hosts “Death and Dying in the Buddhist Tradition,” a conversation with monks from the Pacific Hermitage Monastery in White Salmon, who will discuss views and practices regarding death and dying within the Thai Forest Tradition, a branch of Theravada Buddhism on Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m.

The event is part of the Grave Matters discussion series and is designed to foster greater understanding of other belief systems, the idea being that the very act of engaging other systems of belief encourages us to reflect on our own values and beliefs.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, info@hoodriverlibrary.org or visit their website at hoodriverlibrary.org.

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