Death is inevitable. We can’t change that fact. We can change our relationship to it. We can bring death out of the closet.

Contemplate it. Talk about it. Plan for it. Allow it to inform the way we live—the choices we make. How we die is an extension of how we live.

Use the resources gathered here to develop your death literacy—the practical know-how needed to plan well for the end of life—for yourself or others.

Upcoming Events in Ithaca

Death Cafe

We host a Death Cafe in Ithaca every quarter. The next cafe will be Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 pm. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list or to RSVP for this cafe, please drop us a line at:


Sound & Vision: What Does Dying Well Mean to You?

Learn more about this workshop on March 28.

How to Be a Health Care Proxy

Have you been asked to be someone’s health care proxy?
Do you understand your person’s wishes and choices for end-of-life care?
Do you understand your legal responsibilities as a proxy?

Join us—Saturday, April 4, 2:00-4:00 pm, McGraw House, 221 S. Geneva Street, Ithaca—to learn more about what it means to serve as someone’s health care proxy.

The McGraw House parking lot is for residents only.
You can park on the streets in the area or in the parking garage behind the library.

Questions? Drop me a line at