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Posy-Filled Pockets Start-Up Fund

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Death: Everybody's Doing It.

Posy-Filled Pockets is a #DeathPositive community project full of amazing volunteers and led by two lovable weirdos who really, really want you to feel okay about the universal experience of dying. Our events and workshops use art, academics, industry and advocacy to further education and lessen the stigma of our eventual end.

More about us can be found here. 

We designed this two-part endeavor to encourage conversations about mortality through illuminating storytelling and engaging activities.

Don't worry, we know what we're doing. 

Using humor, personal stories, and intriguing history to lighten the mood, we address both cultural and practical issues that we should all be discussing to improve end of life practices and attitudes in our current social climate.

Speakers and presenters are volunteers that have varying levels of skill-we want you to attend, but we'd rather you participated! Anyone is invited to contribute  their talents and interests that lend to the topic.
The monthly night-time themed events will in turn support free monthly day time workshops where we assist with advance directives, provide information on subjects like legal matters, preparation, suicide, grief, and education for those who would like to have more control over the details of their demise.  

So far, people seem pretty into it.

Clearly, we need some help to take this rodeo of repose to the next level.

Here's what we're hoping to  do with the cash. 

We need our own projector. Nothing fancy, but we're currently borrowing and no one likes to be that guy. We want to be able to move our simple operation around to different venues without scrambling for parts; a projector, portable screen, remote, super cheap laptop for slides and a microphone is all we need to take this show on the road.
The mortuary is a lovely sanctuary, especially for the more serious workshops, but community and audience feedback has driven one point home consistently- some people just aren't comfortable there. Especially at night. 

Also, it's a little chilly. 

We strongly believe that moving the paid nightly events to a livelier (ha! get it?) venue would attract a much wider audience, which would include the people we are trying to reach the most...the ones who are uncomfortable enough with the subject to avoid our current location. 

(We would also like to take people on some adventures, but that's something we'll discuss a littler later...)

We are looking for a new home, preferably one with a bar and indoor heating that would be a more comfortable place to invite our guests. That means initial venue costs, deposits, and some serious advertising to ensure success.
We also need shwag. Bitches love shwag. An initial investment in some merchandise slathered with our logo to sell at shows would allow us to have a seperate cashflow to rely on outside of ticket sales. The money we make from merch and tickets goes straight into improving our shows, and more importantly, providing materials to give to participants of the free workshops.

With a wee little start up boost we are confident we will become awesomely self-sufficient with the items from our wish list.

Talking about death doesn't have to be a somber, monastic affair. Our mission is to make it easier for everyone to have that conversation, and take away some of the fear silence feeds, and lighten the burden that being unprepared creates.

This means a lot to us. It's important

Thank you for time we'll be funnier, we promise.


Skye Bergen
Sacramento, CA

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