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 1439 Death Cafes.

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Host a Death Cafe

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.


Please share your thoughts on plans to set up a 'real' Death Cafe in London More info

Recent posts

New Blog post: Merry Christmas from Death Cafe

Posted by Jon Underwood on Dec. 21, 2014, 12:07 a.m.

Wishing you a fabulous festive season!


Thanks so much for all your support of Death Cafe.


Looking forward to a fascinating 2015 :)

New Blog post: Death Cafe London – your thoughts requested

Posted by Jon Underwood on Dec. 21, 2014, 12:07 a.m. 13 comments



This year I’ve been developing plans to set up a real Death Cafe in London. The work so far has convinced me that this venture is both viable and desirable. Death Cafe London is a community venture however, and won’t work without widespread support. When I met him recently, Bernard Crettaz urged caution. We need to make some crucial decisions about whether to proceed or not and so this is a request ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Brisbane

Posted by deathmidwife on Dec. 20, 2014, 11:17 p.m.

With Carly-Jay Metcalfe

Feb. 21, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Brisbane)


Due to not being able to get to a Death Cafe during the week, I thought a Saturday would be a better option for others who cannot make it on ...

Death Cafe: Greenwood Death Cafe

Posted by PattiA on Dec. 20, 2014, 9:36 p.m.

With Patti Amundson

Jan. 22, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.45 p.m. (pacific)


I hope to help create a safe environment where people interested in this topic feel free to speak openly. I believe a sense of humor is appropriate almost any time ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Seattle - Lake City

Posted by Loren Peters on Dec. 20, 2014, 3:47 p.m.

With George: Center for Community

Jan. 5, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (PST)

Small donations are requested to help George cover the cost of coffee and tea.

Death Cafe Seattle - Lake City meets the first Monday of each month.  Ours is a casual gathering in a quiet, safe space.  Good company.  Good conversation.  Good desserts.

Please join ...

Practitioners question: newspaper coverage

Posted by Death cafe in ONTARIO, OR on Dec. 20, 2014, 12:35 p.m.

i just wrote up a question and don't know if I sent it before I finished. So I will pose the quetion again.  The editor here wants to send a reporter to our first ever death cafe in Ontario OR to "cover the meeting",  should I allow that with ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe - Fremantle

Posted by avareyerson on Dec. 20, 2014, 8:43 a.m.

With Ava Reyerson

Jan. 3, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (GMT +8)

Free to participate (you pay for your choice of food/drink).

The Death Cafe - Fremantle, WA, running monthly since March 2013, is a very informal gathering with the emphasis on sharing stories, experiences and fears about death and dying.  A list ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe at University of Nevada Reno

Posted by deathcafenv on Dec. 19, 2014, 6:20 p.m.

With Circle of Life Community Hospice Foundation and Graduate Students for Gerontology

Jan. 17, 2015, 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. (Pacific)


Circle of Life Hospice is hosting this death cafe to help people become more comfortable with the many issues surrounding death and dying.  The Death Cafe is an open forum ...


Posted by Kevin Haselhorst on Dec. 19, 2014, 9:34 a.m.


T’is the season to reflect on vitality, seemingly igniting the skies during these darkest days that commence a new era.  Vitality equals dignity and is relative to the notion that we matter even when we do not measure up.  The most captivating illustration of this is the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. We stand in awe of annual Christmas trees at Rock Center or the Washington Mall, but remember the Charlie Brown Christmas tree as ...

Death Cafe: Providence Death Cafe

Posted by Cassandra Tribe on Dec. 18, 2014, 9:16 p.m.

With Cassandra Tribe, MHCA-RI/Oasis

Jan. 15, 2015, 7.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (EST)

$5 suggested donation if possible to help cover the costs of utilities for using the space.

As providers of services to marginalized communities, both Dragon Mountain and MHCA-RI have recognized that the most marginalized of all is the general community - especially when it comes to being ...

Death Cafe write up: Providence Death Cafe

Posted by Cassandra Tribe on Dec. 18, 2014, 9:15 p.m. 1 comment

Please, a moment of silence out of respect and appreciation for the service the German Chocolate Cake performed at the Providence Death Cafe tonight. It is the only one of us who did not survive. A magical 13 (sorry Jack, you would be fourteen but I can only count those with three or less legs; and for the little one still cuddled in the womb – not yet) gathered and explored the world of Advanced Care Directives, why and how to spell out what you want (DNR or full code) is important to get into the system now, the reality of conversations about wishes in relationships, and how we ...

Link: Poem by Amado Nervo

Posted by Luisa Ruiz on Dec. 18, 2014, 12:18 p.m.


Very near my sunset, I bless you, Life


because you never gave me neither unfilled hope


nor unfair work, nor undeserved sorrow.




Because I see at the end of my rough way


that I was the architect of my own destiny ...


Practitioners question: Payment for Death Cafe facilitators

Posted by Jon Underwood on Dec. 17, 2014, 11:53 p.m. 3 comments



I'm sure the holiday season is not the best time for this but I need to raise something :)


Our guide to running your own Death Cafe (http://deathcafe.com/how/) is clear that Death Cafes are not for profit. Organisers can ask for a suggested donation if they ...

Death Cafe: Salt Spring Death Cafe

Posted by AnnaHaltrecht on Dec. 17, 2014, 7:19 p.m.

With Anna Haltrecht and Don Cockrill from SS Hospice

Jan. 31, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (PST)

refreshments by donation

This is Salt Spring's third death cafe. It has been a popular event and we are continuing to host it at ArtSpring. 

Death effects us all - fear of death ...

Death Cafe: Rutland Death Cafe #7

Posted by DeathCafeEverywhere on Dec. 17, 2014, 4:42 p.m.

With Robin G. Taft/ Nancy Scarcello

Feb. 11, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (est)

Donations gratefully accpeted for cost of publicity and edibles.

Come join us for Conversation and Kindness and (fake) Cake!