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This Saturday we are exploring how we got here. Literally.

Who are the people who got together to make the people who got together to make the people who made you?

All are welcome. Bring your family tree or the names of those ancestors you know of and we’ll help one another map our paths to the past. We’re reviving your dead ancestors for the day, or at least trying to name them. This includes genetic ancestors and chosen ancestors, legal ties and informal and even scandalous ones. Start, or work on, your personal relationship with those who make you who you are.

Our Death Doula Day baker, Mark, is making apple hand pies, so please do rsvp by clicking HERE.


Death Doula Days: each Saturday 10am to noon. Free event, no experience necessary, sweet treats provided.

No one likes to talk about dying, right? We do!

Bring your curiosity, your courage, and a sense of humor as we sit around the table at the gatehouse (almost) every Saturday in 2023 to explore our worries and wonderment about mortality. Join our new death doula in residence for a weekly series of conversations and workshops about the end of life. Guests will include those who sit with the dying, care for our bodies, and help those we will leave behind. We will work on projects like organizing our digital lives, documenting our wishes, and telling our life stories. We will play games, do projects, hear musicians, meet artists, and hear from scholars who explore the end of life in their work. Our goal is to explore a ‘death positive’ way to think about our mortality. You never know who you’ll meet around the table, but each person who enters the room is a gift to the event. Cake and tea provided. Donations to our host, Historic Congressional Cemetery, are warmly encouraged.

By facing our fear of death we aim to best enjoy every breath.