LET’S TAlk about: Death & Dying
Four people are born every second. During that same second, two people die.
We plan extensively for birth, but barely discuss our passing. Death is something nobody talks about, but everybody does — and we seek to change that.
More than 100 people joined us as we shook the taboo off of death and worked to bring it back to life during an hour-long community discussion with author Caitlin Doughty and Chaplain Jenny Ebinger.
In her memoir, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory,
Doughty helps to demystify death by opening the door to her time spent working in a Bay Area crematorium. She approaches the subject with frankness and levity, allowing the reader to slowly absorb the tales of her experience. Today, as a modern mortician, she encourages people to consider their death.
Chaplain Jenny Ebinger helps families to acknowledge and cope with death. As an active law enforcement chaplain volunteer, she supports local officials, families and victims as they deal with death.
Together, Doughty and Ebinger helped us reach a more comfortable place with death and dying.
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about the presenters
ABOUT CAITLIN DOUGHTY
Caitlin Doughty is an author, licensed mortician and the host and creator of the “Ask a Mortician
” web series. She founded the death acceptance collective, The Order of the Good Death, and cofounded Death Salon. She lives in Los Angeles.
For more on Doughty, visit www.orderofthegooddeath.com
ABOUT JENNY EBINGER
Jenny Ebinger has been an active law enforcement chaplain volunteer for Placer County for more than 10 years. She assists law enforcement officers by caring for victims of tragedies and crime, work that includes delivering death notifications to families and providing crisis counseling. She lives in Roseville.
LET’S READ – KIDS
- Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village by Fang Suzhen, illustrated by Sonja Danowski
- The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr
- Farewell, Grandpa Elephant : A Picture Book Story about Death by Isabel Abedi, illustrated by Miriam Cordes
- Always Remember by Cece Meng
- The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec
- Ida, Always by Caron Levis, illustrated by Charles Santoso
- Missing Mommy : A Book About Bereavement by Rebecca Cobb
- Harry & Hopper by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Freya Blackwood
- The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Christian Robinson
- The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
- Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charlotte Pardi
- Remembering Crystal by Sebastian Loth
LET’S READ – TEENS