The Most Unusual Dinner Invitation
How we want to die – represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having.
That’s the first line on the project website, let’s have Dinner and talk about DEATH. The project was created by Michael Hebb, a Seattle-based artist and former visiting fellow at the University of Washington. Hebb came to believe that death is one of the most important conversations we are not having. Death is costly. We all face it. And most of us have strong feelings about how we would like to die. But the uncomfortableness of the topic means that very few people will discuss their feelings about death – even with their closest family members.
That’s why Death Over Dinner was formed. The organizers enlisted healthcare and wellness leaders to help us break the taboo over conversations about the end of life. The experience is meant to be uplifting and deeply engaging. And Pub Theologians are well aware that the dinner table is a great place to face some of life’s most challenging questions.This month there are three ways you can prepare for our discussion and I highly recommend taking advantage of one or more.
One Man’s Passing: The Photo Project of A Good Death. We could use news of a good death. Not a tragic death or a famous death, just a good one, the kind that might happen to any of us if we’re lucky. Joshua Bright chronicles such a death through photography.
British philosopher and Zen Scholar Alan Watts delivers a series of humorous but very thoughtful musings on death with his typical dry wit in, Congratulations You Gonna Die!
Culture of Dying. These guys had an enormous capacity for anger…but they didn’t know how to be sad. Stephen Jenkinson explains how our culture taught us to deny death and sadness. He thought-provokingly tells how to turn this around. Please listen from 8:30 - 25:00.