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 3880 Death Cafes.

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To date we've held 3880 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 40 countries.

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Support Death Cafe

Running Death Cafe is great fun but does take a lot of time. If you value this work please donate towards our costs.

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Recent posts

Death Cafe write up: Kelseyville Death Cafe

Posted by Laisne Hamilton on Dec. 3, 2016, 12:03 a.m.

We met and had 6 people join us for our frist meeting. The conversation was interesting and people left feeling like the others listened. We used a candle for confidentiality and had wonderful cake with our coffee and tea. Mary Jo and I are looking forward to our next meeting on Dec. 21, 2016 at 4:00. Everyone is welcome to come.



Death Cafe: Colorado Springs Death Cafe

Posted by GoingMyWay on Dec. 2, 2016, 2:27 p.m.



With Nature's Vessel Massage & Healing and Going-My Way Deathcare

Dec. 20, 2016, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (MST)

Donations are accepted



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Vancouver, Canada

Posted by AnnekeTom on Dec. 2, 2016, 12:18 p.m.



With Tom Esakin and Anneke Rees

April 25, 2017, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (PST)

Free of charge.


“A Death Café at the South Hill Branch – Vancouver Public Library" is generously supported in partnership with the South Hill Branch – Vancouver Public Library, which is very kindly donating the ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Oakland

Posted by Bill Palmer on Dec. 2, 2016, 12:03 p.m.



With Bill Palmer

Dec. 13, 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (US West Coast)

Free


Our generous sponsor is Chapel of the Chimes. We're running Death Cafe so more people can express themselves about death.

 

All are welcome, please register for free at https ...



Death Cafe: Mercer County Death Cafe

Posted by Ted Taylor on Dec. 2, 2016, 9:18 a.m.



With Chaplains Ted Taylor & Laurie Dinerstein-Kurs

Jan. 17, 2017, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Free - but you are encouraged to purchase food from our host restaurant


Join us for the eighth 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 - Washington DC

Posted by ErinM on Dec. 2, 2016, 7:40 a.m.



With DC Death Cafe - Local Community

Dec. 7, 2016, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (EST)

Free


Join our Google Group - https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dc-death-cafe



Death Cafe: Hornby Island, BC Death Cafe V

Posted by Sylvia Sienikehä Pearlman on Dec. 2, 2016, 2:35 a.m.



With Sylvia Sienikehä Pearlman

Dec. 29, 2016, 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. (PST)

free



Death Cafe write up: Hornby Island, BC Death Cafe IV

Posted by Sylvia Sienikehä Pearlman on Dec. 2, 2016, 2:31 a.m.


Great gathering. Lovely group!

 

Pictures: Leonard Cohen self portrait | Irish Wake Cake



Practitioners question: first cafe

Posted by Barb on Dec. 1, 2016, 12:59 p.m.


Was introduced to this first at an IONS conference years ago but until recently hadn't thought more about it. Being active at a 60+ Activity Center, the director asked if any had heard of it and if they would be willing to host one there.  I am asking the ...

Death Cafe: Idyllwild Death Cafe

Posted by Franou on Nov. 30, 2016, 6:39 p.m.



With Spirit Mountain Retreat/ Francoise Frigola

May 23, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Donations appreciated for coffee, plates, plasticware, 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: Idyllwild Death Cafe

Posted by Franou on Nov. 30, 2016, 6:36 p.m.



With Spirit Mountain Retreat/ Francoise Frigola

April 25, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Donations appreciated for coffee, plates, plasticware, 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: Idyllwild Death Cafe

Posted by Franou on Nov. 30, 2016, 6:32 p.m.



With Spirit Mountain Retreat/ Francoise Frigola

March 21, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Donations appreciated for coffee, plates, plasticware, 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: Idyllwild Death Cafe

Posted by Franou on Nov. 30, 2016, 6:28 p.m.



With Spirit Mountain Retreat/ Francoise Frigola

Feb. 21, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Donations appreciated for coffee, plates, plasticware, 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: Idyllwild Death Cafe

Posted by Franou on Nov. 30, 2016, 6:21 p.m.



With Spirit Mountain Retreat/ Francoise Frigola

Jan. 24, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Donations appreciated for coffee, plates, plasticware, 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 write up: Comox Death Cafe

Posted by Dale Presly and Diane Palmason on Nov. 30, 2016, 5:18 p.m.

This Death Cafe was the sixth in the Comox Valley in 2016; the third one to be held in our new location on the lower floor of the Comox Seniors Centre.  All present found the venue to be quiet and comfortable.  Or at least it was quiet until conversations among the participants seated in groups of four around 4 tables became animated, with occasional shared laughter.

This was on of the largest turnouts to date, and some "regulars" helped us to welcome the many newcomers.  Coffee, tea and cookies were available on a "help yourself" basis, and this worked well.  Topics ranged from discussion of Canada's recently ...