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This Saturday we will be watching and then discussing a short film called “Honoring Choices.” The film was produced by Grief Dialogues and is made available to us by the playwright and producer, Elizabeth Coplan with generous underwriting by Compassion & Choices.

A special shout out to one of my favorite podcasts, End of Life University, for their episode about Honoring Choices where I first learned about the project last year. The episode is available here.

The film centers on a family facing a father’s end of life and the challenge of learning to talk about it and make plans around it. The title says it all: “honoring choices.” It is about making and honoring choices in a caring and respectful way.

After viewing the film we will have a conversation around the Death Doula Day table about how difficult these conversations are in families, but also ways to grow more courageous and compassionate as we do so.

All are welcome. In fact, bring a family member or friend! Do rsvp so we can have enough chairs and snacks prepared.

The conference room is, cosy, so please do rsvp by clicking HERE.


Death Doula Days on Saturdays 10am-noon at Congressional Cemetery. Free event, no experience necessary.

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.

Stay up to date on the project and get notice of upcoming topics by joining our Death Doula Day mailing list HERE.