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Death Salon Mission
What we’re about: In the spirit of the eighteenth-century salon – informal gatherings of intellectuals – Death Salon encourages conversations on mortality and mourning and their resonating effects on our culture and history. We hold public events and provide an online community (through both Death Salon and our sister organization, The Order of the Good Death) to increase discussion on this often-ignored subject, focusing more on ideas and the broader cultural impacts of death than one’s personal interactions with mortality.
Who we are: We are historians, writers, artists, musicians, death professionals, and armchair researchers shining a light on the culture of death denial by engaging with mortality via various media. We are academics and non-academics. We encourage the sharing of ideas in a respectful, collegial environment. We aim for collaboration and innovation. We are out to change the way society looks at death by helping people engage with the phenomenon in meaningful ways.
How we’re run: Death Salon is run by its director Megan Rosenbloom, together with co-founder Caitlin Doughty, Social Media Editor Sarah Troop, and with the assistance of an advisory panel. The panel helps plan future events, looks for promotional and funding opportunities, and decide on venues for future Death Salons. All sales of tickets and promotional merchandise are used to fund future Death Salon events and the logistics surrounding putting on quality events for the public.
Death Salon holds annual events which resemble academic conferences but are open to the public with professionals tailoring their talks to a public audience. There are often evening events as well which have a more casual atmosphere similar to a rock show. The main annual event will be held in the fall, with the possibility of one-day events at other times of year.
For the time being, all Death Salon events will be hosted in a city where an advisory panel member can be present to organize. All Death Salon events will appear on the Death Salon website; if it is not on this website, it is not a Death Salon event.
Death Salon is an officially trademarked name (USPTO) and refers specifically to the events run by or otherwise agreed to by a consensus of the organizational members of DeathSalon.org. We encourage others to hold their own death events, but please do not call them Death Salon. Unauthorized use of the Death Salon name will be prosecuted as trademark infringement. We do this not as a moneymaking venture, but as an attempt to maintain the integrity of the idea we have created.
Death Salon will be conducted in an atmosphere of respect to persons, cultures, religious affiliation, ethnicity, and nationality and will not infringe upon the rights of others so long as they abide by the code of conduct and mission statement set down in these guidelines. We strive for diversity in speakers and in the content they present at Death Salon.