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 2187 Death Cafes.


To date we've held 2187 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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Death Cafe: Mercer County Death Cafe

Posted by Ted Taylor on July 31, 2015, 10:04 a.m.

With Chaplains Ted Taylor & Laurie Dinerstein-Kurs

Sept. 8, 2015, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)


Join us for the fifth Mercer County Death Cafe held in East Windsor, NJ. Your moderators are clinically trained in end-of-life issues, grief, and bioethics. The evening's agenda is ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Maple Ridge, BC

Posted by stephen on July 30, 2015, 11:52 p.m.

With Stephen

Aug. 19, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (PST)


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

Posted by Sylvia Sienikehä Pearlman on July 30, 2015, 11:27 a.m.

Another beautiful gathering - 14 people gathered for the 3rd cafe in St. George. Tea, coffee and organic chocolate cake were served.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Finsbury Park

Posted by LizW on July 30, 2015, 6:27 a.m.

With London End of Life Doulas

Sept. 24, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. (GMT)

No entry fee

We wish to hold a Death Cafe which allows the conversation to unfold organically, where people can be heard in a safe, respectful space.

Blighty Coffee of kindly offered their ...

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe @ Stanley Picker Gallery

Posted by Korina Jaxx on July 30, 2015, 5:20 a.m.

Our Death Café was held on the 16th June at the Stanley Picker Gallery was attended by 11 people (including the organisers). It was organized by Oreet Ashery (Stanley Picker Gallery artist in residence) and Korina Giaxoglou (Kingston University academic) as a way of engaging with the wider public on matters relating to their artistic and research interest in death and dying.  As many of the participants remarked, there was a lively cross section of people from all walks of life making the conversation lively and interesting.

For the majority of participants, this was their first Death Café ever making the experience all the more valuable for ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Sampa

Posted by Elca on July 29, 2015, 9:17 p.m.

With Elca Rubinstein, Bernardo de Gregorio and Renata Vasconcellos

Aug. 22, 2015, 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. (1 hour eastern from EST)

Participation in the Death Cafe is free. Food and drinks cost R$30,00, to be paid directly at the cafe registry.

This will be the eigth time we run the Death Café Sampa.  Part of the spaces are reserved for new people, who could not come in previous meetings.  The topic ...

Death Cafe: Brooklyn Death Cafe

Posted by Louise de Winter on July 29, 2015, 8:50 p.m.

With Louise de Winter

Aug. 11, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (ET)


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

Discuss all matters of death ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe San Francisco, CA

Posted by cayateybailar on July 28, 2015, 11:42 p.m.

With Danielle Brandon, Jim Van Buskirk and Harvey Schwartz

Aug. 24, 2015, 5.45 p.m. - 7.45 p.m. (pacific)

Donations accepted

Based on the international movement started by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid in the UK. Death cafe is an accessible and respectful community space for the discussion of all ...

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Niagara

Posted by Oakwood Cemetery on July 28, 2015, 10:09 p.m.

It was a warm one as we met in early July.  Again, the attendance numbers were just right, a little less than 20.  Any more and we found we might have to break up into separate groups.  Not an ideal situation, having 2 group discussions going at once.  Last July, we tried to meet outside, but it was too hard to hear each other.

Michelle and I as co-facillitators were called away for interviews, but in our sted, Michelle's Mom Beverly stepped up and kept the coversations going.  She did an excellent job. Everyone reported the evening went well. 

The TV report went well.  They left out ...

Press: Coffee, cake and a discussion about death

Posted by Oakwood Cemetery on July 28, 2015, 9:47 p.m.

See more at: wivb.com

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Oakland

Posted by Bill Palmer on July 28, 2015, 7:51 p.m.

With Bill Palmer

Aug. 25, 2015, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (US West Coast)


Chapel of the Chimes is our generous sponsor.  Attendance is free, but you must register. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/death-cafe-oakland-tickets-17945377106

Death Cafe write up: Carpinteria Death Cafe

Posted by AmyOrozco on July 28, 2015, 3:09 p.m.

Fourteen of us gathered in the rec room at Silver Sands. We split into three groups. By all accounts, the discussion was lively, interesting, and varied. Most of us attended out of curiousity. The three cakes were delicious! Each of them homemade by a different participant. No plans for a follow-up Death Cafe, but a contact list was circulated. Someone may host another Death Cafe or another get-together on a specific death-related subject. 

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Bedford UK

Posted by nickwilde@ntlworld.com on July 28, 2015, 6:36 a.m.

With Suzanne and Nick

Sept. 15, 2015, 2.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (UK)

small donations to help pay for publicity.

We run the Death Cafe in the upper rooms of Frescoes Coffee House in Bedford. We can spill over into the second room or use it for people who are ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Redfern, NSW

Posted by TheMindandMovementCentre on July 27, 2015, 10:58 p.m.

With Sarah de Graaff

Aug. 1, 2015, 5.15 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (AEST)


Sarah is very passionate about Death Literacy. Having been exposed to death consistently through family loss since a young age she saw how difficult it is to manage the requirements ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Santa Barbara

Posted by lholzman on July 27, 2015, 8:59 p.m.

With Lynn Holzman and Liz Bauer

Aug. 25, 2015, 5.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. (PST)


You're invited:
Death Cafe Santa Barbara in conjunction with The Center for Successful Aging
With Liz Bauer and Lynn Holzman 
Date:  Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Time:  5:30-7 PM ...