Know Death - Ritual and Ceremony in Modern Life
Thursday, October 12 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
A conversation about the role of ritual and ceremony and the role they play in milestone events.
How do we make meaning out of the big milestones in our personal and community lives? For the many
people who do not have strong ties to religious or other cultural traditions, major life events such as birth,
aging, relationship changes, illness, death, and community crises are often marked by no ritual at all. What
is the role of ritual and ceremony? How are we affected by life events that pass unobserved? What new
ceremonies are people creating to mark these milestones?
Join Holly Pruitt for a conversation about the role of ritual and ceremony and the role they play in milestone
events. Holly Pruett works with individuals, families, and communities to help them commemorate life's
major milestones. Certified as a life-cycle celebrant and home funeral guide, she is currently a graduate
scholar in Stephen Jenkinson's Orphan Wisdom School. After three years of organizing PDX Death Cafe,
Holly recently created the Death Talk Project to promote useful, honest conversation about how we die, how
we mourn, and how we care for and remember our dead. Holly is passionate about building community and
believes participating in ceremony is a gift for everyone involved.
This program sponsored by Oregon Humanities.