Death Cafe profile for Holly Pruett


Location: United States

https://www.facebook.com/PdxDeathCafe

About Holly Pruett:

Organizing the first PDX Death Café was one of the absolute highlights of my 25+ years as a community organizer and professional facilitator. Now that I’ve crossed into the latter half of my own life and become a Life-Cycle Celebrant providing ceremonial support around the end of life, I’m hungry for connections with others willing to look this topic squarely in the face. That hunger, clearly, is shared. We all need community, especially around loss and mortality. Seeing so many people willing open their hearts and minds to each other and the great mysteries of life and death, is a profoundly moving experience. I am grateful to all who give themselves to it.


What would you like your legacy to be?

Generosity


Contact Holly Pruett



Holly Pruett's posts on the Death Cafe website


Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Oct. 6, 2017, 1:16 p.m.


With PDX Death Café

July 29, 2017, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (pacific)

free, participants may make a donation to help cover costs


 

 



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Portland, OR

Posted by Holly Pruett on Oct. 6, 2017, 1:15 p.m.


With PDX Death Café & Pine St Sangha

Sept. 24, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

free, participants may make a donation to help cover costs


Advance registration is required through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-death-cafe-at-pine-st-sangha-tickets-31355215293

 



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe at Vancouver Community Library

Posted by Holly Pruett on Oct. 6, 2017, 1:11 p.m.



With Vancouver Community Library

Nov. 12, 2017, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Pacific)

No cost


This Cafe is on a walk-in basis with no advance registration. 



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe at Q Center

Posted by Holly Pruett on Oct. 6, 2017, 1:08 p.m.



With Q Center

Oct. 22, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Pacific)

Donations accepted to defray costs


This Cafe is fully booked. Waitlist requests via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-death-cafe-at-q-center-tickets-37098507635



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe at Capitol Hill Library

Posted by Holly Pruett on Oct. 6, 2017, 1:04 p.m.



With Multnomah County Capitol Hill Library

Oct. 7, 2017, 10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. (Pacific)

No cost


Registration required through https://multcolib.org/events/pdx-death-cafe/77513



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on April 25, 2017, 4:01 p.m.



With PDX Death Café

May 21, 2017, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (pacific)

free, participants may make a donation to help cover costs


Advance registration is required through Eventbrite: 



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on March 23, 2017, 10:23 a.m.



With PDX Death Café

April 30, 2017, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (pacific)

free, participants may make a donation to help cover costs


Advance registration is required through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-death-cafe-at-daybreak-cohousing-tickets-33119781157

 



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Portland, OR

Posted by Holly Pruett on Jan. 24, 2017, 1:08 p.m.



With PDX Death Café & Pine St Sangha

March 19, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

free, participants may make a donation to help cover costs


Advance registration is required through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-death-cafe-at-pine-st-sangha-tickets-31355215293

 



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Portland, OR

Posted by Holly Pruett on Jan. 24, 2017, 1:03 p.m.



With PDX Death Café & First Unitarian Church

March 5, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

free, participants may make a donation to help cover costs


Advance registration is required through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-death-cafe-at-first-unitarian-church-tickets-31356143068

 



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Oct. 27, 2016, 10:18 a.m.



With PDX Death Café with Oregon Memorial Association

Dec. 4, 2016, 3.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (pacific)

free, participants may make a tax-deductible donation to support this program


Cosponsored by Oregon Memorial Association in cooperation with PDX Death Café. Advance registration is required through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-death-cafe-at-willamette-view-tickets-28916046674



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on July 11, 2016, 11:51 p.m.



With Multnomah County Belmont Library

Oct. 29, 2016, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (pacific)

free


Multnomah County Library is hosting this PDX Death Cafe. Advance registration is required via this link: https://multcolib.org/events/pdx-death-cafe



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on July 11, 2016, 11:49 p.m.



With Multnomah County Hillsdale Library

Sept. 18, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

free


Multnomah County Library is hosting this PDX Death Cafe. Advance registration is required via this link: https://multcolib.org/events/pdx-death-cafe



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on June 21, 2016, 11:59 p.m.



With Multnomah County Hillsdale Library

July 10, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

free


Multnomah County Library is hosting this PDX Death Cafe. Advance registration is required via this link: https://multcolib.org/events/pdx-death-cafe



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on March 17, 2016, 11:29 a.m.



With Multnomah County Kenton Library

June 11, 2016, 3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (pacific)

free


Multnomah County Library is hosting this PDX Death Cafe. Advance registration is required via this link, starting May 21st: https://multcolib.org/events/pdx-death-cafe



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on March 17, 2016, 11:27 a.m.



With Multnomah County Gresham Library

May 21, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

free


Multnomah County Library is hosting this PDX Death Cafe. Advance registration is required via this link, starting April 30th: https://multcolib.org/events/pdx-death-cafe



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Jan. 22, 2016, 11:47 a.m.



With Multnomah County Hollywood Library

April 3, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

free


Multnomah County Library is hosting this PDX Death Cafe. Advance registration is required via this link, starting March 13th: https://multcolib.org/events/pdx-death-cafe/54535



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Jan. 22, 2016, 11:45 a.m.



With Multnomah County Hollywood Library

March 6, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

free


Multnomah County Library is hosting PDX Death Cafe on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance registration is not required.



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe at Central Library

Posted by Holly Pruett on Oct. 24, 2015, 1:27 p.m.



With Multnomah County Central Library

Dec. 20, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

free


Multnomah County Library is hosting PDX Death Cafe on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance registration is not required.



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe at Central Library

Posted by Holly Pruett on Oct. 24, 2015, 1:23 p.m.



With Multnomah County Central Library

Nov. 15, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

free


The Library is hosting PDX Death Cafe on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is necessary.



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe at First Unitarian Church

Posted by Holly Pruett on March 19, 2015, 10:12 a.m.



With Don Tarbutton, Holly Pruett & the Adult Education Program of First Unitarian Church

June 7, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

Donations accepted to help cover costs.


Advance registration is required through this registration link: http://goo.gl/forms/luAeZ31DV3. Or email pdxdeathcafe@gmail.com and follow the instructions in the auto-reply message you'll receive.



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe @ the Peace House

Posted by Holly Pruett on March 19, 2015, 10:08 a.m.



With Holly Pruett & 18th Ave Peace House

June 16, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

Donations accepted to help cover costs.


Advance registration is required through this registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KBK8S. Or email pdxdeathcafe@gmail.com and follow the instructions in the auto-reply message you'll ...



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe at the Dougy Center

Posted by Holly Pruett on March 19, 2015, 10:04 a.m.



With Dougy Center, Holly Pruett, Don Tarbutton

April 4, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

Donations accepted to help cover costs.


Advance registration is required through this registration link: http://goo.gl/forms/qUUwmjDE3l. Or email pdxdeathcafe@gmail.com and follow the instructions in the auto-reply message you'll receive.



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe @ the Peace House

Posted by Holly Pruett on Feb. 21, 2015, 10:16 a.m.



With Holly Pruett + PDX Death Cafe volunteer facilitators

March 31, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

Donations accepted to help cover costs.


Advance registration is required. Please use the url provided opposite.



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe @ Q NOW FULL

Posted by Holly Pruett on Oct. 8, 2014, 11:01 p.m.



With Q Center

Nov. 2, 2014, 2.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (pacific)

Donations accepted to cover costs, no one turned away.


REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. THE EVENT IS FULL, SORRY.

 

 



Death Cafe write up: Potluck Brunch @ the PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Sept. 28, 2014, 11 p.m.


We received universally positive feedback on today's Death Cafe. The most common words used to describe the event among the 50 people who attended: Interesting. Inspirational. Informative. Thought-provoking. Open. Comfortable. Friendly. Enlightened/Enlightening.
 
Feedback on the facilitation read like a job description for exactly what we'd want in this role!
  • Provided opportunities for all to speak.
  • Shared personal experience without going to great length – just enough to be informative.
  • Having a facilitator helped the conversation feel comfortable from the start, but not over-directed.
  • Empowered the table to be engaged.
  • Well done.
  • Sensitive, informative facilitator.
  • Wonderful!
  • Excellent job! She did a great job of directing the ...


Death Cafe: Potluck Brunch @ the PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on July 24, 2014, 4:28 p.m.



With Holly Pruett

Sept. 28, 2014, 10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. (pacific)

Donations gratefully accepted to help cover expenses.


Registration is required. Please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kI99XQKDHyoCPNxWoYNl3iuBFN3ZB5HtODYLpeVTlM4/viewform?usp=send_form to register.

Please consider bringing a potluck dish to share with ingredients labeled.



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe Picnic

Posted by Holly Pruett on July 3, 2014, 9:03 p.m.



With PDX Death Cafe

Aug. 24, 2014, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (pacific)

Free but bringing a yummy dessert to share is encouraged.


Pre-registration is required. Please go to this link for more information and to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aHsr1RZFCJtyBSSdYoqgqawzKo7DdN7zEKfDQD6gtiA/viewform?usp=send_form



Death Cafe write up: Portland Death Cafe at Friendly House

Posted by Holly Pruett on May 27, 2014, 11:40 p.m.


Another well-attended PDX Death Cafe, this time hosted by a well-respected neighborhood service center. Acoustics are challenging in these large events, but participant reports remain overwhelmingly positive.



Death Cafe: Beaverton Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on May 18, 2014, 4:35 p.m.



With Departing Decisions

June 7, 2014, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (pacific)

Donations accepted to cover costs, no one turned away for lack of funds.


Bring a treat to share. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Registration is required. Please go to this link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cJp-_7TUA9bVVgoKWeey06LOhM5KlHYROP6BniSrJd0/viewform?usp ...



Death Cafe write up: PDX Death Cafe at the Q Center

Posted by Holly Pruett on May 8, 2014, 11:51 p.m.


Report from PDX Death Café 6:

Half Day event with art and storytelling

At The Q-Center, May 4, 2014

The 6th PDX Death Café took place on Sunday May 4th from 1:30 to 5:30 at the Q Center. This was part of a half-day event which included a gallery of “death ephemera” and a storytelling hour, followed by the Death Café.

Who Came:

As this chart illustrates, there was a more even age distribution than at some other Death Café events.

About 80 folks attended overall. 50 participants filled out an evaluation following the Death Café; out of those, 29 were first timers. 10 ...



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe at First Unitarian Church

Posted by Holly Pruett on April 30, 2014, 10:56 p.m.



With PDX Death Cafe & First Unitarian Church

May 25, 2014, 2.15 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. (pacific)

Donations accepted to cover costs, no one turned away for lack of funds.


This Death Cafe is offered as part of a half-day event that also includes a performance of the theatrical piece "A Finished Heart" and opportunities for creative expression and quiet ...



Death Cafe: Portland Death Cafe at Friendly House

Posted by Holly Pruett on April 30, 2014, 10:12 p.m.



With Friendly House

May 18, 2014, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (pacific)

Donations accepted to cover costs, no one turned away for lack of funds.


Pre-registration required through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-lm4He6CDOo5GAgvttqpq8td_npKpBE22NVy87MbyCs/viewform



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe at the Q Center

Posted by Holly Pruett on April 10, 2014, 5:44 p.m.



With *eRa* program at Q Center

May 4, 2014, 4.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (pacific)

Donations accepted to cover costs, no one turned away for lack of funds.


This Death Cafe is for the LGBTQ community and all allies. Registration is required.

The Death Cafe is part of a half-day event "Death & Dying at the Q" which also ...



Death Cafe write up: PDX Death Cafe dinner at the West Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on April 10, 2014, 3:43 p.m.


As with our previous four PDX Death Cafes, this was full to overflowing, with 80 participants enjoying a lovely meal provided at no cost by our hosts, the West Cafe. 

 

The first of our Cafes since last December, we were immediately flooded with over 100 registrants when we announced registration. We made the tough call to confirm only those who had not attended a prior Cafe, paired at tables with facilitators who had experience with the Death Cafe format.

 

The event opened and closed with music from the Loose Strings, a combo formed by a Death Cafe participant, who played a few thematically appropriate tunes. 

 

62 people completed ...



Death Cafe: PDX Death Cafe dinner at the West Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Feb. 16, 2014, 7:56 p.m.



With Holly Pruett & Kate Brassington

March 9, 2014, 4.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. (pacific)

donations accepted to help cover costs


REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED. WE RECIEVED 100 INQUIRIES FOR 60 SPACES AND ALREADY HAVE A LONG WAITING LIST. 

Email us to receive notification for upcoming events.



Practitioners question: Free automatic registration systems?

Posted by Holly Pruett on Jan. 13, 2014, 9:36 p.m. 2 comments


Hello Death Cafe family! Has anyone found a good free on-line platform for automating registration for Death Cafes? Transferring emailed RSVPs to a spreadsheet was ok for our first year but it's not feeling sustainable with 300 now on our notification list. Thanks for your ideas!

Death Cafe: The 4th PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Nov. 5, 2013, 11:04 a.m.



With Kate Brassington, Holly Pruett, Nancy Ward, Don Tarbutton + more

Dec. 5, 2013, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Pacific)

donations to offset costs


We're pleased to offer this "Holiday Edition" PDX Death Cafe, our first in a residential setting. 

In keeping with the desire to simplify during busy times, we are NOT ...



Death Cafe: Lake Oswego Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Nov. 5, 2013, 10:57 a.m.



With Ann Adrian

Dec. 8, 2013, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Pacific)

no entry fee


Please register by calling or emailing Ann Adrian at aadrian@ci.oswego.or.us, 503-635-3758.



Death Cafe write up: The 3rd PDX Death Cafe - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Posted by Holly Pruett on Oct. 8, 2013, 7:03 p.m.


In June they braved near 100-hundred degree heat; on September 29th it was torrential rains. Despite the dramatic weather, over 75 brave and curious souls gathered for the 3rd PDX Death Café, hosted by the Adult Education Program of the First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland.

 

An incredible 72 guests filled out evaluation forms; 73% of them were first-timers. Of those reporting how they had heard about the event, half cited a friend or other personal referral; one-quarter had heard about it through the host church; and one-quarter through the internet, Facebook, or media reports of Death Cafés in other communities.

 



Death Cafe write up: The 2nd PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Sept. 9, 2013, 4:21 p.m.


Despite near 100-hundred degree weather, our 2nd PDX Death Café drew an astonishing 58 folks to the cool environs of Cyril’s at the Clay Pigeon Winery. You can see what participants had to say about the experience in the word cloud posted on our page (the bigger the word, the more frequently mentioned). Interesting, open, stimulating, comforting, honest, thought-provoking, and friendly were the descriptors that led the pack. Nearly everyone completed an evaluation form. All but two people indicated that they would consider attending a future Death Café and would recommend it to friends and family. 

What We Served Up 

§  We opened with some words by ...



Death Cafe: The 2nd PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Sept. 9, 2013, 4:18 p.m.



With Holly Pruett, Nancy Ward, Don Tarbutton + others

June 30, 2013, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (Pacific)

donations to offset costs + potluck contributions for our dessert table



Death Cafe write up: The 1st PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Sept. 9, 2013, 4:14 p.m. 1 comment


 If asked to go indoors on a gloriously sunny springtime day to talk about Death, would you expect to describe the experience as fun, exciting, inspirational or enlivening? Those in fact are some of the most common words participants used to describe the first PDX Death Café, held April 28 at the Bijou Café in downtown Portland, Oregon.

The top descriptors volunteered by our 60 participants were: interesting, informative, enlightening, and educational – remarkable given that this event presented absolutely no content. No featured speakers, no presentations, no informational handouts. The format consisted exclusively of sitting with three or four strangers and sharing why they chose to come to ...



Death Cafe: The 1st PDX Death Cafe

Posted by Holly Pruett on Sept. 9, 2013, 4:12 p.m.



With Holly Pruett, Nancy Ward, Don Tarbutton + others

April 28, 2013, 4.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (Pacific)

donations to offset costs


This is the Death Cafe serving Portland, Oregon. PDX is our airport code and one of the nicknames for our fair city.



Death Cafe: The 3rd PDX Death Cafe - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Posted by Holly Pruett on Aug. 27, 2013, 9:55 p.m.



With Don Tarbutton, Holly Pruett, Nancy Ward + team

Sept. 29, 2013, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Pacific)

donations to offset costs + potluck contributions for our dessert table


REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED with a long waiting list. To join our notification list for future PDX Death Cafes, email pdxdeathcafe@gmail.com.

 





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