Death Salon: Seattle - September 8-10, 2017 in Seattle - Saturday: Death and the Maiden: Why Women Are Working With Death and the Future of the Death Positive Movement. Sunday: Decolonizing Death - Sarah Chavez and Matt Ignacio in conversation. 

Victorian Fair of the Far West at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum - April 28, 2018, in Los Angeles - Forget Me Not: Death and Mourning in the Victorian Era

Southern Association for Women's Historians Conference: Resistance, Power, and Accommodation - June 7-10, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Female Death Ways and Feminist Death Work - With Dr. Kami Fletcher

Haunted America Conference - June 22-23, 2018 in Alton, Illinois - Feeding the Dead: Food in Death Rituals, Ancestor Worship, and Festivals

Death Salon: Boston - September 27-30, 2018, at Mount Auburn Cemetery - Feminist Death Work Panel –  Sarah Chavez with Dr. Kami Fletcher & Alua Arthur / The Unwanted Dead: Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev – Sarah Chavez in conversation with Peter Stefan

Death Witch: Talk and Tour of Salem Join Sarah and Melissa Nierman of NowAge Travel for a special event at Hauswitch as we explore the feminist and death positive history of halloween and an interactive walking experience through Salem’s history of the occult and transformation into a Halloween mecca. On October 1st, in Salem.

306 Hollywood premiere - October 2018, Lammle Royal in Los Angeles - Sarah will be on a panel discussion with the filmmakers. Details TBA. 




Death and Folklore

Death & the Maiden Conference, University of Winchester

Our Dead Are Not For Sale: Dia de Muertos, Death and Mexico’s National Identity, Barts Pathology Museum, libraries and museums throughout California.

Los Angelitos: The Rituals and Art of Child Death in Mexico, Mutter Museum, and University of Winchester.

Live illustration of Sarah in conversation with Matt Ignacio on Decolonizing Death, by Silent James.

Live illustration of Sarah in conversation with Matt Ignacio on Decolonizing Death, by Silent James.

Nourishing Death: How the World Honors Death With Food, Death Salon: San Francisco.

Death and the Hollywood Ending: The Legacy of Forest Lawn and the Future of Death in Los Angeles, The Getty Villa.


The Disneyland of Death – a Tour of Forest Lawn Cemetery, Atlas Obscura Society, private tours for various historical groups (available by request). 

 Walpurgisnacht (Witches’ Night): Halfway to Halloween, Witches’ Night at Phantom Carriage. 



Talks created for Sarah's work at both Linda Vista Hospital and the Lindsay Museum. 

Death and Mourning in the Victorian Era

The Sisters Fox: Death and the Birth of Feminism

Heroines and Heroine: the Extraordinary World of Early Lindsay Medicine

Westword Ho!: How California History Shaped Our Language

From Tuesday to Tea-Time: A History of Lindsay’s Social Organizations

Linda Vista Hospital: A History

Lindsay: The Making of a Book




Harold and Maude: An Evening of Film, Food and Funerals at Cinefamily

Sarah worked with Conjuror's Kitchen to create and cater a "funeral" following the screening, consisting of funeral and death ritual foods. 

Death Salon: Getty Villa - From Ancient Necropolis to LA's Metropolis

Working in conjunction with the Getty Villa's curators and chefs to design a menu and write detailed description cards for each dish, highlighting various funerary and death ritual foods discussed during the event. 

Little Book of Maudism Book

Sarah contributed a recipe to this truly special book by Lucy Coleman Talbot, celebrating the cult film, Harold and Maude.