Death Cafe profile for Nancy Gershman

Location: United States

About Nancy Gershman:

NANCY GERSHMAN, LMSW is a psychotherapist and the developer of Dreamscaping, an imaginal and photo-based approach to treating grief and loss, supported by the way memories get encoded in the brain.  Dreamscaping uses resourcing, focusing on felt sense, re-scripting and mental simulations to shift the focus from "how are you coping?" to "if we make this new memory, you'd like it to give you a dose of what right now?" 


What brings you to Death Cafe?

I'm especially interested in the Afterworld: not just its existence but the infrastructure. What a comfort it would be to be reunited with loved ones and suddenly have access to dead statesman and celebrities, albeit in bodies or no form at all! And though I have yet to experience a near death or after-death communication, I continue to hold out hope for signs.

What would you like your legacy to be?

A School of Prescriptive Art, where a wide range of clinicians work playfully with bereaved clients to activate their curiosity so that they might learn something new about the deceased that vastly improves their well-being.

Thoughts for sharing:

Your own emotional truth of the past will always top any factual account of a memory, witnessed or felt by others.

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Nancy Gershman's posts on the Death Cafe website

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe New York City

Posted by Nancy Gershman on Nov. 16, 2022, 12:36 p.m.

This October's Death Cafe NYC began with a fascinating set of questions concerning Green Burials. One of the attendees wanted to be cremated and grow a tree with her ashes. She was also concerned about her cremation being more environmentally friendly. Finally she wanted her ashes to be buried in the location she was in at the time of death. I referred her to Completed Life Initiative's website (
Her next questions led to a wonderful discussion that pretty much dominated the rest of the hour:
1. Whether we believe that death is a punishment from God.
2. Whether there is a ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe New York City

Posted by Nancy Gershman on Dec. 9, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

With Harvey Newman

Oct. 19, 2022, 5.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. (EST)

FREE with $15.00 suggested donation to cover the cost of a vegetarian menu served family-style. Unable to donate at this time? Contact Nancy Gershman about member sponsorships.

Although virtual for the time being, we hope in 2023 to reconvene once again for tea & tagine after hours, in our beloved Moroccan restaurant in Times Square.


As for Death ...

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