Sunny Day Cafe

Today we discussed a wide range of topics including dealing with funeral homes when overwhelmed with grief and the importance of planning for our own death and leaving clear, readily accessible information and instructions for our families (passwords, insurance, bank accounts, what to do with our body . . . Once again we acknowledged the difficulty of discussing death given that it’s seems to be a taboo topic—several people voiced heartfelt gratitude for this opportunity to discuss death openly and calmly. Several people said that discussions with adult children can be difficult. One participant described the valuable services provided by a death doula for their dying spouse and the family’s decision to opt for a green burial. We enjoyed chocolate cake, cookies, and flavored popcorn. And, of course, tea.

Several resources were discussed, including:

Green Burial Council - (map shows two businesses in Portland offering this service)

National Home Funeral Alliance -

Legacy Letters (one of many sites that came up in my Google search)

Mideo (video based advance care planning)  

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