Welcome to Death Cafe

At Death Cafes people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

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A Death Cafe is a special occasion - a discussion group where the only topic is death. And it makes for a fantastic conversation! To date we've held 1368 Death Cafes.

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We offer support to set up your own Death Cafe. Organising a Death Cafe is enjoyable, easy and life-enhancing.

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Lets talk about death!

This website is an online space to talk about death. Please share your thoughts, links and art about death and post your Death Cafes.


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Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Hood River, Oregon

Posted by lanner on Nov. 26, 2014, 1:54 p.m.

We were quite pleased with the way the Hood River Death Cafe turned out.  It was well attended, by 30 people, with a range of ages and interests.  We enjoyed cake, gluten free pastries, and coffee.  Following a round with all thirty folks, we broke into three smaller groups to continue the conversation.  There were several mentions of familial suicides and one attendee had experienced a near death condition.  The feedback has been quite positive with requests for another Death Cafe next year.  All in all it was a good experience.  Thank you to the Hood River County Library District for sponsoring this event.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe n Belfast, ME

Posted by nancy on Nov. 26, 2014, 1:36 p.m.

With Nancy McAlley

Dec. 15, 2014, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (eastern)


I believe it is important to normalize death in order to have as peaceful a passing as possible. This is a forum to bring any topic related to life and ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Taiwan #5

Posted by CelinJheng on Nov. 26, 2014, 1:48 a.m.

With Bonnie Lin

Dec. 9, 2014, 2.15 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (UTC+08:00)


Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Taiwan #4

Posted by CelinJheng on Nov. 26, 2014, 1:37 a.m.

We hold a Death Cafe today in elementary School.

There is a secret person give us a lot of dolls for children
and they are crazy about it.

We taught them how to decrease their sadness if they met somthing which felt miserable.
I believe they learn a lot today.

The fourth Death cafe is successful.
We made it!!!!

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Encinitas

Posted by lcalkins on Nov. 25, 2014, 7:42 p.m.

With Lynne Calkins

Jan. 21, 2015, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (PST)

No charge

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Canton New York

Posted by Linda Potter on Nov. 25, 2014, 5:50 p.m.

With Linda Potter

Jan. 20, 2015, 7.15 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (EST)


You are invited to eat cake, drink tea and talk about death.  Death Cafe is not a bereavement group or a counseling session.  Its aim through group discussion is to ...

Death Cafe: Park U Death Cafe

Posted by ParkUdeathCafe on Nov. 25, 2014, 4:35 p.m.

With Study of Loss students

Dec. 1, 2014, 3.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (central)


Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Forest Gate, East London

Posted by CompassionateFunerals on Nov. 25, 2014, 4:05 p.m.

On Monday the 10th November, Death Cafe arrived at Forest Gate East London. 

 I have attended a few Death Cafe's over the last couple of years and I've been humbled by their ability to create a beautiful space, where real honesty and courage are present.

But the thing i love, is you really don't know where the conversation will lead, everyone brings something unique to the party. Not quite bring a bottle, but you know what I mean.

One by one the small group of intrepid existential explorers shared  their thoughts and experiences.

We talked about looking after dying parents before and after their death ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe East County San Diego

Posted by Maria Carter/Unity of El Cajon on Nov. 25, 2014, 1:45 p.m.

With Unity of El Cajon / Maria Carter

Jan. 27, 2015, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (PDT)

Donations both accepted and requested

Death is most often a taboo or ultra-sensitive topic. In a relaxed and safe setting, people come together to discuss life, death, and dying while making the most of our ...

Death Cafe write up: Derwent Valley Death Cafe

Posted by Jet Black on Nov. 25, 2014, 6:05 a.m.

This was my first Death Café. I came with high hopes, an open mind and few expectations of exactly how it would be. 

Billie made a friendly informal introduction, a light sprinkling of 'ground rules', drinks and cake were offered and there was a very welcoming atmosphere, making it easy to start talking to strangers about something so intimate. 

Great start to an important ongoing conversation. 

Well done and thank you all for a stimulating evening. I look forward to the next. 

Death Cafe: Death Cafe for the LGBTQI community in San Diego

Posted by Jeanne B on Nov. 24, 2014, 3:22 p.m.

With Jeanne M. Burke and Karen Van Dyke

Dec. 15, 2014, 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. (PST (Los Angeles))

Refreshments, related supplies, and advertising costs.

Jeanne and Karen are thrilled to host a Death Cafe for the LGBTQI community.  The Death Cafe is a safe place for the LGBTQI community and friends/allies to gather ...

With Elisabetta Lucchi e Hilary Wilson

Dec. 15, 2014, 8.30 p.m. - 10.30 p.m. (UTC/GMT)

ingresso libero e gratuito

Il Death Cafe è uno spazio accogliente e protetto dove le persone si incontrano per parlare della morte, condividendo sentimenti, emozioni, esperienze, una tazza di the e una fetta di torta ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Mission Valley, San Diego

Posted by mitsuo on Nov. 23, 2014, 10:14 p.m.

With SD County Coalition for Improving End-of-Life Care

Dec. 10, 2014, 12.00 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. (pst)

Free. Donations will help with cost of food.

Anyone 18+ is welcome to a safe, agenda-free place to discuss death and life over tasty treats.  Not a grief therapy group, it is more and no less than a ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe - Sydney

Posted by April Lewis on Nov. 23, 2014, 9:50 p.m.

With April Lewis

Dec. 6, 2014, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Australian Eastern Summer Time)

suggested donation of $10 per person - all of this will go to the Cafe owners for the use of a separate section of the cafe - they will provide tea/coffee/soft drink and a home-made muffin, in line with the principle of Death Cafe being not for profit.

 The upcoming festive season can bring up a lot of emotions for people who are struggling with a recent bereavement or even for those whose loved ones died some time ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Bloomington

Posted by bryantandmacklin on Nov. 23, 2014, 7:33 p.m.

With Lauren Bryant and Mary Ann Macklin

April 26, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (East (Indiana))