Talking about Dying programs are public conversations that explore the stories and influences that shape our thinking about death and dying.
Conversation Project leader, poet, and essayist Wendy Willis defends human fragility.
The collective strength of strangers after a horrifying accident. An essay by Jason Arias
In the face of loss, cleaning hotel rooms and a lifelong friend offer solace. An essay by Meryl Williams
An essay by Brian Doyle
Readers write about Move
Talking about Dying facilitator Jenny Sasser reads Stanley Kunitz's poem "The Long Boat" in this animated video produced by Dan Sadowsky for Oregon Humanities.
Charting a course out of depression. An essay by Jennifer Rabin
Remembering a friend from a hospice house. An excerpt from What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living: The Awful Amazing Grace of God by Fred Grewe, an Oregon Humanities Talking about Dying community discussion leader.
Embracing grief in the wilderness. An essay by Michael Heald
Writer Wendy Willis's open letter to the students of Columbia University Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board, with a special note to her daughters.
Readers write about Safe
The opportunities seem endless, but the season is not. An excerpt from Building a Better Nest: Living Lightly at Home and in the World by Evelyn Searle Hess.
Editor Kathleen Holt on the aftermath of a traumatizing fire
After a mastectomy, finding beauty in loss. An essay by Gretchen Icenogle
The bumpy repair of a family after a sudden loss. An essay by Melissa Madenski
When disaster strikes, sanity is a matter of degree. An essay by Evelyn Sharenov
A humanitarian aid worker in Sri Lanka finds herself caught up in a race to harvest the tusks of a dead elephant.
Readers Write about Quandary
An illness, a recovery, and a couple's uncertain future. An essay by Margaret Malone
Tragedy on a hot summer day. An essay by Monica Drake
When a private tragedy becomes public property. An essay by Nancy Rommelmann