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.
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 wonderfully deep rapport you shared with my Mom over the course of her last year of life was inspirational to both my wife and me. It touched our hearts to see how much your visits with her kept her engaged with and determined to squeeze as much joy and meaning out of her remaining time as she could. Your loving and supportive relationship with my Mom reminded us to remain patient and engaged with her on a day to day basis rather than get swept up by our own anxieties as to where and how things would evolve with her. Thus, we too were able to savor many wonderful times with her over those last months.
Additionally, you were a wise and patient sage in helping me deal with a difficult moment that arose with one of my siblings. Different expectations and priorities between my brother and me could have led to much more serious conflicts between us. But you helped me to process my feelings so as to resolve things relatively well.
I am a retired clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in helping others through their own life transitions and problems. Thus, my opinions about your expertise are not just personal. I held, and still hold, your talents in the highest esteem.
Richard Solomon, Phd in the Bay Area of California