Death and the MaidenDeath Salon 2017

After several years “on tour,” Death Salon finally came to Seattle this past September. The University of Washington School of Social Work hosted the two-day sold-out event and the EBF joined as a co-sponsor. Executive Director Deborah Jacobs and Communications Manager Christa Masson attended the event and facilitated lunch discussion groups for attendees. Death Salons “bring together intellectuals and independent thinkers engaged in the exploration of our shared mortality by sharing knowledge and art.” Co-founders Caitlin Doughty (of Ask a Mortician fame) and Megan Rosenbloom were both strongly influenced by Becker’s The Denial of Death.

The event featured two days of talks on topics covering green burials, death with dignity, grief, writing about death, and more. Throughout the conference an artist captured the content of panels and discussions, creating visual depictions in real time (see photo above of artist’s depiction of the panel Death and the Maiden: Why Women Are Working With Death and the Future of the Death Positive Movement).

For more information on Death Salon, you can visit their website at www.deathsalon.org. The EBF hopes to similarly support next year’s Death Salon in Boston.