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 1434 Death Cafes.

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Host a Death Cafe

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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Posted by Kevin Haselhorst on Dec. 19, 2014, 9:34 a.m.


T’is the season to reflect on vitality, seemingly igniting the skies during these darkest days that commence a new era.  Vitality equals dignity and is relative to the notion that we matter even when we do not measure up.  The most captivating illustration of this is the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. We stand in awe of annual Christmas trees at Rock Center or the Washington Mall, but remember the Charlie Brown Christmas tree as ...

Death Cafe: Providence Death Cafe

Posted by Cassandra Tribe on Dec. 18, 2014, 9:16 p.m.

With Cassandra Tribe, MHCA-RI/Oasis

Jan. 15, 2015, 7.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (EST)

$5 suggested donation if possible to help cover the costs of utilities for using the space.

As providers of services to marginalized communities, both Dragon Mountain and MHCA-RI have recognized that the most marginalized of all is the general community - especially when it comes to being ...

Death Cafe write up: Providence Death Cafe

Posted by Cassandra Tribe on Dec. 18, 2014, 9:15 p.m.

Please, a moment of silence out of respect and appreciation for the service the German Chocolate Cake performed at the Providence Death Cafe tonight. It is the only one of us who did not survive. A magical 13 (sorry Jack, you would be fourteen but I can only count those with three or less legs; and for the little one still cuddled in the womb – not yet) gathered and explored the world of Advanced Care Directives, why and how to spell out what you want (DNR or full code) is important to get into the system now, the reality of conversations about wishes in relationships, and how we ...

Link: Poem by Amado Nervo

Posted by Luisa Ruiz on Dec. 18, 2014, 12:18 p.m.


Very near my sunset, I bless you, Life


because you never gave me neither unfilled hope


nor unfair work, nor undeserved sorrow.




Because I see at the end of my rough way


that I was the architect of my own destiny ...


Practitioners question: Payment for Death Cafe facilitators

Posted by Jon Underwood on Dec. 17, 2014, 11:53 p.m. 1 comment



I'm sure the holiday season is not the best time for this but I need to raise something :)


Our guide to running your own Death Cafe (http://deathcafe.com/how/) is clear that Death Cafes are not for profit. Organisers can ask for a suggested donation if they ...

New Blog post: Death Cafe London – your thoughts requested

Posted by Jon Underwood on Dec. 17, 2014, 9:49 p.m. 11 comments



This year I’ve been developing plans to set up a real Death Cafe in London. The work so far has convinced me that this venture is both viable and desirable. Death Cafe London is a community venture however, and won’t work without widespread support. When I met him recently, Bernard Crettaz urged caution. We need to make some crucial decisions about whether to proceed or not and so this is a request ...

Death Cafe: Salt Spring Death Cafe

Posted by AnnaHaltrecht on Dec. 17, 2014, 7:19 p.m.

With Anna Haltrecht and Don Cockrill from SS Hospice

Jan. 31, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (PST)

refreshments by donation

This is Salt Spring's third death cafe. It has been a popular event and we are continuing to host it at ArtSpring. 

Death effects us all - fear of death ...

Death Cafe: Rutland Death Cafe #7

Posted by DeathCafeEverywhere on Dec. 17, 2014, 4:42 p.m.

With Robin G. Taft/ Nancy Scarcello

Feb. 11, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (est)

Donations gratefully accpeted for cost of publicity and edibles.

Come join us for Conversation and Kindness and (fake) Cake!

Death Cafe: Rutland Death Cafe #6

Posted by DeathCafeEverywhere on Dec. 17, 2014, 4:38 p.m.

With Robin G. Taft/ Nancy Scarcello

Jan. 28, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (est)

Donations gratefully accpeted for cost of publicity and edibles.

Come join us for Conversation and Kindness and (fake) Cake!

Death Cafe write up: Highcliffe Death Cafe

Posted by Lis Horwich on Dec. 17, 2014, 4:01 p.m.

Last Highcliffe Death Café was held today for 2014, which also saw the start of our café this summer, now with an evening café too.

Today we talked about learning how to grieve, how we would find it the possible best way to deal with a most difficult situation. Most of us have not had an opportunity to grieve how we have hoped for. It took some of us several years after the death of a loved one to actually realise grieving was necessary. We were told not to cry, not to be angry, not to give a loved one a certain burial, which we have hoped for ...

Death Cafe: Bemidji Death Cafe

Posted by terry on Dec. 17, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

With Terry Peterson

Jan. 17, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Central)


Death Cafe: Ann Arbor Death Cafe

Posted by merilynne on Dec. 17, 2014, 1:20 p.m.

With Diana Cramer and Merilynne Rush

Dec. 20, 2014, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (EST)


We hope you'll join us!

Practitioners question: Death Cafe in Mexico City

Posted by Luisa Ruiz on Dec. 16, 2014, 10:42 p.m. 3 comments


My name is Luisa Ruiz and I am interested in starting a Death Cafe in Mexico City. 

I've read everything in the website and I really like the idea.

I will start looking for a venue and in the next few days I will upload my profile.

A ...

Death Cafe: Utah Death Cafe

Posted by LisaBee on Dec. 16, 2014, 10:13 a.m.

With Margaret Battin and Lisa Browdy

Jan. 20, 2015, 7.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Mountain)


The fifteenth Death Café’ Verona was held in Parma on the 30th October this year on the occasion of the eighth edition of the event entitled “Il rumore del lutto” (“The sound of bereavement”). The aim of this event is to provide space for reflections on life and death.

I would like to thank Maria Angela Gelati for offering us the opportunity to take part, Camilla Sarzi for the photos and ON/OFF who made us welcome in their splendid area.

In answers to the question “Which three words come to mind when you hear the word death?” included: rest  (and rest in peace is the phrase ...