I am so grateful to have been exposed to these dinners. One of the qualities I appreciate about the DDD Parties is having a space where up to 12 individuals can come together and have a free flowing, non-judgmental conversation about death and dying. I have found that it is a space in which people who are hesitant (and sometimes even afraid) to speak about death along with those who are immersed in it (professionally or on a volunteer basis) join to simply share their experiences. The conversations span from clinical/professional knowledge spirituality.
I find this both educational and empowering. Empowering because attending these dinners helped me understand the choices I can make for myself and loved ones should terminal illness arise. It’s also taught me another level of acceptance and respect for the various ways we each deal with death and dying.
The Death & Dying Dinner Party is an amazing way to lift the veil of fear and confusion about death. By opening the door to a casual conversation, the Death & Dying Dinner Party provides attendees a unique experience surrounding the topic of death, removing much of the polarity and emotion that is typically associated with the subject. With the intention of being a conversation instead of counseling session or a support group, the Death & Dying Dinner Party makes discussions about a typically taboo subject permissible and even encourages said.
Laurel is a healer and visionary in the area of death and dying. In guiding us to approach death with loving and compassion, Laurel teaches us how to live -- with heart and courage and conviction. I recommend her work wholeheartedly.