Welcome to Death Cafe

A Death Cafe is an event where people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.

At a Death Cafe 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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Talking about death

A Death Cafe is an agenda free discussion about death. So far we've held 3088 Death Cafes.


To date we've held 3088 events. Death Cafes never involve agendas, advertising or set conclusions. Interesting conversation is guaranteed!

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Host a Death Cafe

People who adopt the model set out in our guide are welcome to set up their own Death Cafes. So far we've held Death Cafes in 33 countries.

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Support Death Cafe

Offering Death Cafe is great fun but also a lot of work. If you value what we are doing please consider donating towards our costs.

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Recent posts

Death Cafe write up: Darlington Death Cafe

Posted by Darlington Death Cafe on May 5, 2016, 7:39 a.m.

Nine people joined Darlington Death Café's third meet. The topics we covered are listed below. An interesting evening of chat, tea and cake. Thanks to everyone who attended.

• David Bowie, Prince, Ronnie Corbett, Paul Daniels Victoria Wood, Terry Wogan have died prematurely this year. Does this send a message about living - and preparing for death; and a comment on the concept of ‘immortality’?

• Death, human remains and the environment – what are today’s practical issues in a crowded world, and what are the solutions?

• Leaving a burden. What happens to our families and friends when we fail to prepare for death?

• How do you want to be ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Bradford

Posted by LauraMiddleton-Green on May 5, 2016, 4:36 a.m.

With Let's Talk Death

May 19, 2016, 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. (GMT)

Donations will go towards Let's Talk Death, a not-for-profit group working towards breaking down barriers to discussing death and dying in our local community

We believe that death is something that is not talked about and that this can make it harder for us as individuals but also for those of who care for ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Laguna Beach, California

Posted by cgwilcoxon on May 4, 2016, 7:47 p.m.

With Dr. Andrea Deerheart, The HeartWay

May 23, 2016, 3.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (PST)

Donations Appreciated

Death Cafe is a place with a relaxed, open, and safe atmosphere where you are invited to share with others issues surrounding life and death.

This cafe event is a ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Culpeper, Virginia

Posted by Hospice of the Piedmont on May 4, 2016, 11:54 a.m.

With Hospice of the Piedmont & Culpeper County Library

Oct. 2, 2016, 3.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Eastern)


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Shoreditch

Posted by revkev on May 4, 2016, 11:10 a.m.

With Kevin Scully

June 4, 2016, 4.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (London)

No charge

Last year we held a Death Cafe as alternative to Hallowe'en. We have no such 'hook' this time...just how many people chose to take part last time.


Come ...

Death Cafe: Belleville, IL Death Cafe

Posted by maggieboone on May 4, 2016, 10:34 a.m.

With Maggie and Sharon

May 21, 2016, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (CST)

Donations are appreciated

Our purpose is to help people come to terms with death. We are not a support group. We are a discussion group that talks about all aspects of death to ...

Death Cafe: Redbridge Death Cafe

Posted by LGrainger on May 4, 2016, 3:07 a.m.

With London Borough of Redbridge

May 9, 2016, 3.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (UK )

no charge

Our Death Cafe is being held at the start of Dying Matters Awareness week.

Our aim is to bring peoople together to talk about death in an open and friendly ...

Death Cafe: Tauranga Death Cafe

Posted by Tauranga Death Cafe on May 4, 2016, 3:05 a.m.

With Grace McGregor, Carole Spice, Catherine Storey

May 29, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (GMT+12)

We are inviting gold coin donations to cover the cost of the cake

This is only the 2nd Death Cafe we have hosted, and it will be wonderful to keep the conversations flowing and sharing our collective insights and wonderings. 

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Nelson, New Zealand

Posted by Kristinerose on May 4, 2016, 2:43 a.m.

With Kristine Rose, Barbara Greene

May 14, 2016, 1.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (nz)

gold coin koha towards refreshments

There wil be no set agenda, but the time will be structured to allow for everyone to have a voice.

New Blog post: Death Happens While We’re Busy Making Other Plans

Posted by Kevin Haselhorst on May 4, 2016, 2:18 a.m.

Whereas Prince did not have an estate plan before his untimely death, I am weirdly planning to be here today (in Phoenix) and gone tomorrow (to St. Louis). When my father takes his last breath this week or next, I anticipate that a part of my life will stop as he passes – rapidly moving from a state of living to mourning. Not only is death inconvenient, it’s awkward. Dad dreads waking up each day ...

New Blog post: Press release from Death Cafe in Taiwan

Posted by CelinJheng on May 3, 2016, 12:57 p.m.

Death Café press release

OrganizerCivil Affairs Bureau of Taichung City

Executive UnitMortuary Services Office, Taichung City

Time13:30-16:30 Wednesday, May 4th,2016

VenueNo.50, Sec. 1, Chongde Rd., North Dist., Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Press Contact+886-4-22334145  ext. 306 Mr.Tsai(蔡旻儒)

Traditional Breaking

Death education of Civil Affairs Bureau of Taichung City Government

Oh My God!!! We are going to talk about DEATH in Funeral ...

Death Cafe: Camden Death Cafe

Posted by Caroline Dent on May 3, 2016, 11:32 a.m.

With London End of Life doulas

May 11, 2016, 5.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (london GMT)


Camden Carers in conjunction with London End of Life Doulas are hosting  this  Death Cafe as part of Dying Awareness week. At a Death Cafe, we come together  discuss our ...

Death Cafe: Salisbury Death Cafe

Posted by Salisbury Death Cafe on May 3, 2016, 6:18 a.m.

With Ann Kronenberg , Daniel Kronenberg and Nadia Sajadi-Rosen

June 18, 2016, 2.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (BST)

Donation of £2 requested to cover room hire.

Death and dying has been a topic which has remained a subject of taboo for far too long. With the format of Death Cafe we now have the opportunity to ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Ocala

Posted by Teddy on May 3, 2016, 5:26 a.m.

With Teddy

June 7, 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (EST)

Free beverages and cake! Any donations for use of electricity will be greatly appreciated.

Our Death Cafe meetings are held in a friendly, relaxed and confidential atmosphere. We encourage everyone to share their experiences, thoughts, feelings and ideas about death and dying.

Even though ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Bath, UK

Posted by anna.richardson@dorothyhouse-h on May 3, 2016, 4:20 a.m.

With Dorothy House Hospice Care

May 10, 2016, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (GMT)

Free entry. Tea, coffee, cakes etc will be available to buy. Donations welcome for Dorothy House Hospice Care.

Dorothy House is passionate about enabling people to live well and die well.

To kick off Dying Matters Week 2016, Dorothy House Hospice Care is hosting its first Death Caf ...