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 4983 Death Cafes.


To date we've held 4983 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 51 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 support us on Patreon.

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Recent posts

New Blog post: A Student of Death

Posted by Richard Wagner on Aug. 17, 2017, 10:48 a.m. 2 comments


 “I want to celebrate my belief that living well and dying well are one and the same thing.  I’m not talking about adjusting deathbed pillows so that the dying people can strike heroic poses for the edification of onlookers.  I’m talking about achieving a good death in the context of real dying – with all its unpredictability, disfigurement, pain, and sorrow.”



My name is Richard.  I’m the founder of  a nonprofit organization with ...

Death Cafe: Portland ME - Death Cafe

Posted by gina colombatto on Aug. 17, 2017, 8:43 a.m.

With gina colombatto

Sept. 13, 2017, 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. (eastern)


Welcome to this Portland Death Cafe, part of a 2nd Wednesday series where everyone is welcome to join in the conversation. We are all in this together and no one ...

Death Cafe: Thirdspace Death Cafe

Posted by susan zwick on Aug. 17, 2017, 12:21 a.m.

With Thirdspace/ Susan Zwick

Sept. 7, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (pacific standard time)

Thirdspace Death Cafe is free but donations are welcome to cover costs.

Thirdspace is a community gathering place hosted by the Peninsula United Church where people are invited to join in and "make yourself at home". There are a variety of cafes ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Sacramento

Posted by Death Cafe Sacramento - Sandra Young on Aug. 17, 2017, 12:03 a.m.

With Sandra Young

Sept. 5, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (pacific)

no cost

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe - Sydney

Posted by April Lewis on Aug. 16, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

Feedback from 3 different ladies, for whom it was their first experience of a Death Cafe:

1) Thanks so much for hosting the Death Cafe on Tuesday. It was a great chance to explore ideas that most of us think or worry about at some point but don't necessarily get the opportunity to discuss. I felt it was a really safe, non-judgemental space where everyone was respected and I liked hearing people's different perspectives on the various issues we talked about. It certainly reframed the way I was looking at some things, and was very thought provoking. I hope to get back to another one at ...

Resource: On Death and Dying

Posted by Teresa Hudson on Aug. 16, 2017, 8:24 p.m.

One of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century, On Death and Dying grew out of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. In this remarkable book, Dr. Kübler-Ross first explored the now-famous five stages of death: denial and isolation ...

Practitioners question: Kubler-Ross, Moody, Adi Da and others

Posted by Teresa Hudson on Aug. 16, 2017, 7:49 p.m.

Just wondering if other facilitators have read/are versed in the writings of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross ("On Death and Dying"), Dr. Raymond Moody ("Life After Life"), Adi Da Samraj ("Easy Death") or Anya Foos-Graber ("Deathing") ?  It would seem that a good grounding in such wisdom (as well as witnessing end-of-life experiences ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Pasadena

Posted by SoultenderMaggie on Aug. 16, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

With Maggie Yenoki

Sept. 6, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (pacific)

Free! But your help with refreshment costs and room rental are welcomed.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Albany WA

Posted by Albany WA Death Cafe on Aug. 16, 2017, 4:11 a.m.

With Kate Thomas/Irene Montefiore

Aug. 25, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (WAT)

No fees, but a donation towards room hire would be appreciated.

All welcome.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Croydon

Posted by Serenity on Aug. 16, 2017, 3:14 a.m.

With Serenity Gardens

Aug. 26, 2017, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (Greenwich Mean Time)

This event is free but please support the venue by buying some refreshments.

This Death Café will take place on the last Saturday of each month.  It will provide an opportunity for individuals of any background, religion, culture or belief to meet together ...

Death Cafe: Japanese speaking Death Cafe in Sydney, 日本語デスカフェ in Sydney

Posted by Shiori on Aug. 15, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

With Shiori Yano やのしおり

Sept. 28, 2017, 11.00 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. (Sydney)

You pay only your drink ご自分の飲み物代の負担のみ






Death Cafe: Exeter Death Cafe

Posted by Alizoun@alid.co.uk on Aug. 15, 2017, 12:59 p.m.

With Gina Awad and Aly Dickinson

Sept. 20, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Greenwich Mean Time)

Voluntary donations to the fund for Jon Underwood

Gina knows first hand the value of sharing and how carthartic that can be. She is a natural empath and has spent time in the past as a volunteer at ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Kingston Nova Scotia

Posted by kingstonlibrary on Aug. 15, 2017, 10:17 a.m.

With Kingston Library

Sept. 13, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (adt)



Join Connie Jodrey and Petra Harrison at the Kingston Library for tea, cake and conversation about death at Kingston's first Death Cafe.  This is an opportunity to share your ...

Death Cafe: 'Death Cafe' Cheltenham

Posted by Dawncat on Aug. 15, 2017, 5:47 a.m.

With Suffolk Anthology

Sept. 7, 2017, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (England)


Death Cafe: Death Cafe West Los Angeles

Posted by Leslie Gelfand on Aug. 14, 2017, 1:50 p.m.

With Leslie Gelfand

Aug. 30, 2017, 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. (pacific)

Free. Donations welcome to cover the cost of refreshments.

Join us in a relaxed setting to drink tea and coffee and eat cake and cookies and discuss everything to do with death and dying, life and living.

No lectures ...