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 3568 Death Cafes.


To date we've held 3568 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 37 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: Death Cafe Niagara

Posted by Oakwood Cemetery on Sept. 27, 2016, 11:19 a.m.

With Michelle Kratts / Tim Baxter

Oct. 13, 2016, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Eastern)

No cost, please just bring a dessert to pass

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Limerick

Posted by JenniferMoranStritch on Sept. 27, 2016, 5:34 a.m.

With Jennifer Moran Stritch & Sinead Dinneen

Oct. 7, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Dublin Ireland)


This "pop-up" Death Cafe Limerick event is part of the Compassionate Cities International Summit taking place on October 7, 2016 at the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick, Ireland: This international ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Santa Barbara

Posted by lholzman on Sept. 26, 2016, 6:59 p.m.

With Lynn Holzman, Liz Bauer, and Peggy Levine

Nov. 2, 2016, 3.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (PST)


Please note earlier time
You're invited:
Death Cafe Santa Barbara in conjunction with The Center for Successful Aging
with Liz Bauer, Lynn Holzman, and Peggy Levine
Date:  Wednesday, November ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe - Capital Area, PA

Posted by Center4HopeAndHealing on Sept. 26, 2016, 2:26 p.m.

With The Center for Hope and Healing

Oct. 29, 2016, 1.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Donations will be used to help fund the artistic component of healing trauma through expressive and creative art therapies.

Join our Death Cafe conversations as we explore personal thoughts and feelings about mortality, our own death, and the dying process.

Come alone, or bring friends and family. Death touches ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Ontario

Posted by Andrea Reibmayr on Sept. 26, 2016, 1:37 p.m.

With Shabby Motley

Oct. 19, 2016, 7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)


I would like to thank Shabby Motley for hosting this event and allowing us to use this safe and inviting environment to explore and talk about death and living!

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Cirencester

Posted by mysticmoon on Sept. 26, 2016, 12:28 p.m.

Seven of us gathered together in Jane Saunderson’s lovely wooden lodge, located at the rear of her equally delightful autumnal garden in Stratton, Cirencester. It was the perfect place to nestle down with a cup of tea and a piece of carrot cake to talk about things that really matter.

I know I have said this before, but I am always amazed by the willingness of those who come to these pop-up death cafes to throw aside reserve, and open up so quickly and with such honesty. We are, after all, mainly strangers when we meet.

It’s also interesting that the café often starts with conversations ...

Death Cafe: South Side Death Cafe

Posted by Nikie Ryan on Sept. 26, 2016, 12:01 p.m.

With Nikie Ryan

Dec. 14, 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (EST)


This cafe is hosted by Joy's House at their UIndy location.  They are an adult day service so please do not visit outside of meeting times. 

We look forward ...

Death Cafe: South Side Death Cafe

Posted by Nikie Ryan on Sept. 26, 2016, 11:56 a.m.

With Nikie Ryan

Oct. 12, 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (EST)


This event will be at Joy's House at the UIndy location. It is an adult day center so please do not visit outside of the meeting times.


Death Cafe: Cardiff Death Cafe

Posted by liamwatson on Sept. 26, 2016, 8:48 a.m.

With Liam Watson and Rachel Thomas

Nov. 13, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (GMT)

free but please reserve a place in advance

The Chapter Arts Centre has a wonderful cafe offering a range of refreshments and cakes that people can purchase before coming into the Death Cafe.

Please reserve a place in ...

Death Cafe write up: Swindon Death Cafe

Posted by SueHolden on Sept. 26, 2016, 8:17 a.m.

This first Death Cafe in Swindon was very well attended by a wide range of people. Discussion centred around the question of why it takes so long between someone dying and the funeral. This brought into conversation what happens in other countriesafter someone dies.

Everyone contributed and said they had found the evening informative and interesting and that they would attend the next one on October 11th.

Death Cafe: Highcliffe Death Cafe

Posted by Lis Horwich on Sept. 26, 2016, 5:58 a.m.

With Lis Horwich

Nov. 16, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. (British Wintertime)

There is no fee, but if able, a £3 donation to cover costs of theevent would be much appreciated

Lis has worked as a complimentary therapist for 23 years encouraged through her strong desire to work with people and their emotions. Talking about death, she knows, is a subject ...

Death Cafe write up: Highcliffe Death Cafe

Posted by Lis Horwich on Sept. 26, 2016, 5:47 a.m.

Wednesday the 21st of September a group of 8 people descended in my “Observatory” talking about death. We spoke about the beauty of laying a body to rest in the home, dreams related to death and “Old Harry’s Game” on Radio 4 evenings 6.30pm, listen on IPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007zv7f

We mentioned Living Will with the option of keeping it in a green box with a x, possible in your kitchen or sitting room.

ICE (in case of emergency) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Case_of_Emergency  an essential tool for storing details on your mobile phone.

As we often do, the talk ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Bishops Castle, Shropshire

Posted by Catherine Prichard on Sept. 25, 2016, 11:01 p.m.

With Catherine Prichard

Oct. 13, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (BST)


Free but buy your own refreshments by way of a thank you to our host Witty.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Grants Pass

Posted by grantspass on Sept. 25, 2016, 5:31 p.m.

With Trish, Athena, Bernie, Lucinda, Mary Beth, Peggy and Susan

Oct. 20, 2016, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight)

Cost: A $5 donation is requested, but not required, to cover the cost of food, supplies and the space.

Death Cafe Grants Pass strives to provide a confortable, small group setting in which people can talk about topics related to death from their own perspective and experience.  The only ...

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Grants Pass

Posted by grantspass on Sept. 25, 2016, 5:13 p.m.

Each participant was encouraged to discuss what was most important to her/him.  Within 10 minutes of starting, the room was filled with chatter and laughter.  One person comented "it's good to be with people who are open to discussing it" (death.)  Anoter noted "I didn't know the  Death Cafe would be so much fun."  Lots of chocolate brownies, and veggies and dip disappeared from the searving platters.