Detroit Death Talk: a series of on-going discussions about death and dying kicks off in Royal Oak.

Royal Oak, Mich. — Detroit Death Talk kicks off an ongoing series of discussions about death and dying at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors in Royal Oak on March 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This first Detroit Death Talk event will focus on the practical and personal details in preparing for death, how to discuss death with your loved ones, and the importance of personal legacy. Speakers include Detroit Death Talk founder Petra Lina Orloff, who is also President & CEO of Beloved, Michael Lope, co-owner of Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors, and John Fusik, senior gerontologist at Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices, PLLC. You can RSVP for the Detroit Death Talk in Royal Oak at Reservations are not required, but they are appreciated.

Future events will be hosted by the Department of Mortuary Science at Wayne State University, James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit, The Dorfman Chapel in Farmington Hills, Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. in Sterling Heights, The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes Inc. in Trenton, and Park Lawn Corporation. The Detroit Death Talk schedule will be updated regularly, as additional locations and speakers are announced. Visit the Detroit Death Talk events page to view the latest additions.

Based in Royal Oak, Detroit Death Talk has a big goal: inspiring the launch of a new era in which speaking about death will be natural, comfortable, and even enjoyable. Detroit Death Talk is breaking into new territory by hosting open, sincere, honest conversations about the end of life process, encouraging public discussion, and creating a natural, relaxed environment.

“Death is one of the most important conversations we can have with our family, our friends, and our loved ones. It’s a discussion that’s about more than a burial or a cremation or a trust,” says Petra Lina Orloff, founder of Detroit Death Talk and CEO of Beloved, a company which writes custom obituaries and eulogies. “Death is really a conversation about life and it’s one that should be full of love. Detroit Death Talk is about diminishing fear and taking positive action to help us make better choices about current and end-of-life wishes, to prepare our loved ones to advocate for us, and end the stigma about this natural process. 2020 is the beginning. Detroit is the place. Come join us for eye-opening conversation that we all should be talking about.”