A Death Cafe is a not-for-profit social franchise founded by the late Jon Underwood.
The topic of death, dying, end of life care and so on has become rather taboo, and people are worried that it is morbid or depressing. In reality, being able to talk openly about these subjects, ask questions and have discussions is thought-provoking, reflective and often enlightening. People tend to come away feeling better and lighter for having had the opportunity to talk about these things, and listen to others, in a safe and supportive space.
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.
Our objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.
A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
Death Cafes are always offered:
- On a not for profit basis
- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!
If you would like to hold a Death Cafe at your home or a venue local to you, and would like some advice on how to facilitate and advertise it, please get in touch. I’d be happy to help.
Alternatively, contact me to find out when I am next running a Death Cafe, if you’d like to come along. They are always very social and friendly gatherings where everyone is respectful. Usually they are a small group, and people get chatting very quickly.
You can read more about Death Cafe on their website at: http://deathcafe.com/what/
That which we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
~ Helen Keller ~