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 2097 Death Cafes.

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To date we've held 2097 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 31 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: Brooklyn Death Cafe

Posted by Louise de Winter on July 2, 2015, 4:29 p.m.



With Louise de Winter

July 28, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (ET)

Free


You're invited to join us at the Morbid Anatomy Museum's Cafe for a Death Cafe hosted by funeral planner in training, Louise de Winter.

Discuss all matters of ...



Death Cafe write up: Canterbury Death Cafe

Posted by AdrianAdams on July 2, 2015, 4 a.m.

Our second Death Café had a smaller turn out than our initial meeting. We had a number of apologies, although we also welcomed some new members with an age range of between 20 and 80.

In spite or perhaps because of the smaller number we had a more focused discussion that centred on the topic of how we can prepare ourselves and others for our own death.  We shared personal experiences and explored a number of issues including: different and shifting cultural, gendered and generational expectations about familial responsibilities, independence and the willingness to give and accept help towards the end of life.

We talked about the need ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Blue Mountains

Posted by Hayley West on July 2, 2015, 12:46 a.m.



With Hayley West & Gareth Thomas

Aug. 8, 2015, 12.00 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. (Australia Sydney EST)

FREE


Death Cafe Blue Mountains is running in conjunction with Dying to Know Day - August 8.

D2KDay is an annual day of action in australia dedicated to bringing to life conversations ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe - Seattle North

Posted by Terri D on July 1, 2015, 9:37 a.m.


With Terri Dilts

July 15, 2015, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (pacific)

Free


I believe our society is wrong in trying to hide death from our reality. It is a part of each and every one of our lives. I'd like to ...



Practitioners question: Death Cafe in a Retirement Village

Posted by NZDeathling on June 30, 2015, 8:25 p.m. 1 comment


Hi, Just planning to hold a death cafe in a Retirement village (which does have a cafe) and wondered if anyone else has done this? How did it go? The other suggestion I might follow up on is to hold one at a secondary school. Anyone done this? Would really ...

Resource: Final Gifts

Posted by deathcafenv on June 30, 2015, 2:16 p.m.


Final Gifts

This important work by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley is a must-read for any hospice practitioner and/or family member of someone who is dying who would like to understand what your loved one is going through.  One of the most interesting things I learned from this book is that ...

Death Cafe: Thirsk Death Cafe

Posted by Naomi Wood on June 30, 2015, 7:43 a.m.



With Elizabeth, Pat, Geof and Naomi

Aug. 27, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (GMT)

Suggested £3 donation goes towards costs of baking cakes, room hire and printing leaflets.


The event basically looks like this:

1. You turn up at the venue for 7pm

2. You have a coffee and a slice of cake if you want.

3. You ...



Death Cafe: Thirsk Death Cafe

Posted by Naomi Wood on June 30, 2015, 7:31 a.m.



With Geof, Elizabeth, Pat and Naomi

July 30, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (GMT)

Suggested £3 donation goes towards costs of baking cakes, room hire and printing leaflets.


The event basically looks like this:

1. You turn up at the venue for 7pm

2. You have a coffee and a slice of cake if you want.

3. You ...



Death Cafe: Lewes Death Cafe

Posted by cafe@livingwelldyingwell.net on June 30, 2015, 3:44 a.m.


With Sussex Doulas

July 8, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (gmt)

donations to cover premises costs welcome


The cafe will be open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Delicious cakes available to buy, along with tea, coffee or lemonade and ginger beer if it's hot. 



Death Cafe write up: St. George, Maine Death Cafe II

Posted by Sylvia Sienikehä Pearlman on June 29, 2015, 10:21 p.m.


A beautiful gathering of amazing women (and one amazing man!). The conversation touched on everything from bizarre funeral practices to funny stories to personal sharings. Tea and coffee were served along with a skull shaped organic chocolate cake.



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Mission Valley East

Posted by Vision Death Cafe on June 29, 2015, 10:13 p.m.



With Jeanne Phillips

July 30, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

Donations are welcome to help defray costs.



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Glasgow

Posted by AndrewTibbles on June 29, 2015, 3:09 a.m.



With Andrew Tibbles

July 8, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (GMT)

Just a drink and a cake from the Cafe itself.


The Glad cafe is kindly allowing us the use of their tables free of charge with the condition we buy a bit of cake or tea, so if you ever ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Sacramento

Posted by Sandra Young on June 28, 2015, 10:15 p.m.



With Sandra Young

July 6, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (pacific)

free



Death Cafe write up: Lawrence Death Cafe

Posted by CW on June 28, 2015, 4:23 p.m.


We had a terrific Lawrence Death Cafe yesterday, Saturday June 27th with 17 people attending our meeting at the Lawrence Public Library.  Several people brought snacks and the variety of topics was fascinating.  We all look forward to our July Lawrence Death Cafe!



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Eugene/Springfield

Posted by Death Cafe Eugene/Springfield on June 28, 2015, 2:03 p.m.



With Eugene/Springfield Death Cafe

Oct. 21, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Pacific Standard)

Non mandatory donations to cover costs of putting on event


 

WE ARE TAKING A BREAK FOR THE SUMMER AND WILL RESUME IN OCTOBER OF 2015

We are dedicated to doing all we can to create a friendly non-directive venue so ...