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 1105 Death Cafes.

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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.


Recently in Hong Kong people have been talking about death. Read more >>

Recent posts

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Bristol

Posted by BristolMuseum on Sept. 19, 2014, 7:13 a.m.

With Paula Rainey Crofts & Dee Ryding

Oct. 31, 2014, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (gmt)

Free but donations for refreshments are appreciated.

This Death Cafe will be run as part of our Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. It will give people a safe and relaxed place to discuss death over tea ...

Death Cafe: Anza Death Cafe

Posted by Franou on Sept. 18, 2014, 8:23 p.m.

With Claire Withman

Oct. 7, 2014, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (PT)

Donations appreciated for coffee, plates, plastic ware, etc.

Some of the reasons for holding a Death Café:
- In our culture, denial of death as a normal part of life
- Pain and wounding this denial creates when a loss ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Saskatchewan, Canada

Posted by JFoley on Sept. 18, 2014, 11:36 a.m.

With SCHR Palliative Care Subcommitee

Oct. 14, 2014, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (CST)

Event is free of charge

Please note that this event is not open to members of the public.

Death Cafe: Ann Arbor Death Cafe

Posted by merilynne on Sept. 17, 2014, 8:53 p.m.

With Merilynne Rush

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


If you haven't committed "death by chocolate" on Valentine's Day, join us!  You'll be glad you did.

There is no topic or lecture; it's all you ...

Death Cafe: 2nd Annual Crestone Death Cafe

Posted by Ifcsponsor on Sept. 17, 2014, 5:48 p.m.

With Informed Final Choices

Oct. 25, 2014, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (MOUNTAIN TIME/US)

Free, but accept donations to defray venue costs.

The Shumei International Center provides a warm and welcoming environment for participants to join in conversation over tea and cookies. The event is without agenda, philosophy or expected outcome. Simple ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in London

Posted by Jon Underwood on Sept. 17, 2014, 5:38 p.m.

With Jon Underwood

Oct. 11, 2014, 2.00 p.m. - 3.45 p.m. (BST)

Free. Donations to Jamyang Buddhist Centre accepted. Free tea and lovely food and drink available for purchase.

The Death Cafe will take place in the Courthouse Garden Cafe,  which is provided by Jamyang Buddhist Centre. I have been a student of Jamyang since 1999 and it is ...

Death Cafe: Loveland Death Cafe

Posted by Fifth Element Ranch With Tara Pogoda on Sept. 17, 2014, 3:48 p.m.

With Tara Pogoda

Sept. 20, 2014, 10.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (MDT)

Suggested donation of $12 to pay for food and drink provided.

We are drawn to Death Cafe by our mutual awareness that death is a natural part of life and our concern that society is out of touch with this fact ...

Video: Sky burial in Tibet

Posted by Lis Horwich on Sept. 17, 2014, 3:41 p.m.

Death Cafe write up: Highcliffe Death Cafe

Posted by Lis Horwich on Sept. 17, 2014, 3:33 p.m. 1 comment

A very interesting afternoon at the Cafe, two new members, one passing by from Perth, Australia and one local. Discussed which burial we wish for, one member keen on an "air burial" or "sky burial" as used in Tibet, have a look at this short video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6hSK8CluxQ

Death Cafe write up: Longmont Death Cafe

Posted by Death Doula on Sept. 17, 2014, 3:01 p.m.

We were a small group and were able to discuss a number of issues about death, dying and living. Looking forward to growing this group around this topic. We so need to talk about our dreams and desires for our exit out, and learn to bring the topic up comfortably with our loved ones. See you on October 11th, 9 AM, in the Community Room at Lucky's in Longmont!

Death Cafe: Longmont Death Cafe

Posted by Death Doula on Sept. 17, 2014, 2:58 p.m.

With Jade Beaty

Oct. 11, 2014, 9.00 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. (mtn)

Arrive early to experience the pastry delights at Lucky's!

I will set a container of safety and comfort as we explore some interesting views about death. I am a former volunteer chaplain at Boulder Community Hospital, and conducted a ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Columbia, Missouri

Posted by Ashley Gage on Sept. 17, 2014, 12:01 p.m.

With Joyce Thompson and Wendy Morgan

Sept. 30, 2014, 6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. (CST)


Death Cafe write up: Denver Death Cafe-August

Posted by Anita Larson on Sept. 17, 2014, noon

Denver Death Café Summary

August 24, 2014


Many thanks to Karrie Filipios with Agape Hospice Services (independently owned) for hosting the August Denver Death Cafe and providing refreshments. The cake was delicious and beautifully decorated.


The room was overflowing with 55 participants ranging in age from 20-89. No one seemed to mind because the chairs were comfy and everyone could hear each other without a microphone. 

Below is a summary of our discussions and thoughts in no particular order.


Burial, Cremation, Whole Body & Organ Donation

The majority of attendees indicated they prefer cremation over burial. There was discussion around burials, cremated and buried on top of another grave ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Rancho Bernardo

Posted by JenniferMarsh on Sept. 16, 2014, 3:57 p.m.

With Jennifer Marsh

Nov. 13, 2014, 1.00 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. (Pacific)


This event is generously sponsored by UBS Financial Services and The Elizabeth Hospice!

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in London

Posted by Unlimited on Sept. 16, 2014, 10:57 a.m.

With Chris Thorpe & Jon Spooner

Nov. 15, 2014, 4.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. (GMT)

Resuscitation Council (UK) https://www.resus.org.uk/pages/donate.htm

In 2014 we have made a new show together called "Am I Dead Yet?". It's about death and dying and about how we don’t talk about it enough ...