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 6503 Death Cafes.


To date we've held 6503 Death Cafes. These never involve agendas, advertising or set conclusions. Interesting conversations are 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 56 countries.

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Running Death Cafe is great fun but does take a lot of time. If you value this work please support us on Patreon.

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Death Cafe: Providence Area Death Cafe

Posted by Ainsley on June 15, 2018, 2:42 p.m.

With Ainsley

July 16, 2018, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)

free/only what you buy

My Death Cafes are pretty informal.I generally open with a quick introduction of names and then ask if anyone would like to bring something up, and let conversation go ...

Death Cafe: Maple Ridge Death Cafe

Posted by stephen on June 15, 2018, 11:22 a.m.

With Stephen Garrett

July 4, 2018, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Lewes

Posted by cafe@livingwelldyingwell.net on June 15, 2018, 10:16 a.m.

With Lewes Death Cafe Hosts

June 25, 2018, 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. (BST)

Small donations are welcome

We want to create an environment where talking about death is natural and comfortable. Meetings are confidential and people must respect one another’s disparate beliefs and avoid proselytizing. These ...

Practitioners question: Milwaukee's First Death Cafe

Posted by Shantell Riley on June 15, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

I came across this when I was researching End-Of-Life Doula profession. I am passionate about helping people have an "uncomfortable comfortable" and providing space to talk about death. This aligns with everything I would like to do. 

I am wondering how does everyone advertise first meet ups? 

I live in ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Patzcuaro

Posted by Luisa Ruiz on June 14, 2018, 12:51 p.m.

With Luisa Fernanda Ruiz Montiel

July 3, 2018, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Mexico)

No charge

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Zarautz

Posted by Iñaki Peña Bandrés on June 14, 2018, 10:35 a.m.

Last june 12th Jabi Bereziartua and I hosted the 6th edition of DC in our town, at the Basque coastline.

The previous one was the first one taking place inside our newly created compassionate community, "Zarautz, Herri Zaintzailea".

Besides, in these days we have hold the international congress on Palliative Care in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, about 90 km from Zarautz. Precisely, this has been the context for the creation of our compassionate initiative.

Regarding to the 6th edition of DC, 14 people attended it, 9 women and 5 men. 7 people over 60 yeras-old, and 7 below that. 

Quite a younger group, taking into account that, for ...

Death Cafe: Tauranga Death Cafe

Posted by taurangadeathcafe@gmail.com on June 13, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

With Carole Spice & Bronwyn Annard

July 7, 2018, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (New Zealand)

Koha welcome to cover costs

Everyone is welcome to this open, relaxed and spontaneous conversation on dying and death, life and living. This is a friendly space where you can share stories, question reality and ...

Death Cafe: Compassionate Communities Death Cafe

Posted by JulieM on June 13, 2018, 11:09 a.m.

With Compassioante Communities Derbyshire

June 21, 2018, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (Greenwich Mean Time)



Come and join us for open, lively, respectful and friendly conversations about death, dying and the end of life all over a cup of tea and a slice of cake ...

Death Cafe: Cambridge Death Cafe

Posted by Kayla Moryoussef on June 13, 2018, 7:21 a.m.

With Home Hospice Association, Pastor Janacki & Lisa Robbins

July 31, 2018, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (EST)


Death Cafe: Downtown Toronto Death Cafe

Posted by Kayla Moryoussef on June 13, 2018, 7:13 a.m.

With Kayla Moryoussef & Home Hospice Association

July 10, 2018, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (EST)

donations of tea & cake welcome

Death Cafe: Sacramento Death Cafe

Posted by EnergyM on June 12, 2018, 6:14 p.m.

With Compassion Central

July 29, 2018, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (PST)

they will provide for the space useage and defray cost of food

We're looking forward to getting a larger conversation going in Sacramento!

Death Cafe: Charlotte's Death Cafe

Posted by Gaye Dimmick on June 12, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

With Gaye Dimmick

June 20, 2018, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Eastern standard time)

refreshments;they are always welcome but not expected.

Please come prepared to ask questions and share thoughts......maybe even a poem or two.


A big shout out to Saint Martin's for a wonderful gathering place

Death Cafe: Chambana Death Cafe June 23, 2018

Posted by Sherry Gilles on June 12, 2018, 1:10 p.m.

With Sherry Gilles

June 23, 2018, 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. (Central Time Zone)


It's been a super hot summer and their are trees and shade! Since our first death cafe five or six years ago was held at a large camping festival ...

Death Cafe write up: Chambana Death Cafe May 22, 2018

Posted by Sherry Gilles on June 12, 2018, 12:51 p.m.

There were seven of us who gathered around a table at a new venue, the library in Champaign IL.

We had one new attendee from the University of IL and she is from the archaeolgy department. 

Conversation drfited from the finding of skeletons during construction projects to people discussing green burial and how they are not sure that cremation is good for the environment. 

This led to discussion of body farms and places where there is no soil to dig in or the water table is high which led to talk of above groun interment and reuse of mausoleums and other concrete structures.

People discussed their views on ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Alexandria

Posted by hrisley on June 12, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

With Amy Johnson

Oct. 10, 2018, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Eastern)

No donations accepted or required.

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 ...