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 2094 Death Cafes.


To date we've held 2094 events. Death Cafes never involve agendas, advertising or set conclusions. Interesting conversation is 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 31 countries.

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Support Death Cafe

Offering Death Cafe is great fun but also a lot of work. If you value what we are doing please consider donating towards our costs.

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Recent posts

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Glasgow

Posted by AndrewTibbles on June 29, 2015, 3:09 a.m.

With Andrew Tibbles

July 8, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (GMT)

Just a drink and a cake from the Cafe itself.

The Glad cafe is kindly allowing us the use of their tables free of charge with the condition we buy a bit of cake or tea, so if you ever ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Sacramento

Posted by Sandra Young on June 28, 2015, 10:15 p.m.

With Sandra Young

July 6, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (pacific)


Death Cafe write up: Lawrence Death Cafe

Posted by CW on June 28, 2015, 4:23 p.m.

We had a terrific Lawrence Death Cafe yesterday, Saturday June 27th with 17 people attending our meeting at the Lawrence Public Library.  Several people brought snacks and the variety of topics was fascinating.  We all look forward to our July Lawrence Death Cafe!

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Eugene/Springfield

Posted by Death Cafe Eugene/Springfield on June 28, 2015, 2:03 p.m.

With Eugene/Springfield Death Cafe

Oct. 21, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Pacific Standard)

Non mandatory donations to cover costs of putting on event



We are dedicated to doing all we can to create a friendly non-directive venue so ...

Death Cafe: Rohnert Park Death Cafe

Posted by vivfreeman on June 27, 2015, 2:01 p.m.

With Viv Freeman

June 30, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Pacific)


Death Cafe write up: Derby Death Cafe

Posted by timdowdell on June 27, 2015, 5:52 a.m.

Lovely relaxed atmosphere where everyone felt at ease, we even had a lady join us who didnt know about the Cafe but was in the cafe just before it sarted and decided to stay for a chat.

We even had the local paper turn up and do a write-up, which is wonderful news for Cafe's everywhere.

At the cafe we discussed lots of issues from embalming and how people can help with the final stages of dressing the deceased moving on to talk about open coffins. We touched on care in hospitals and how many people are living to extreme old age.

People commented on how they ...

Link: Hospice Pioneer - Barbara Karnes RN

Posted by jaysjewel on June 26, 2015, 4:42 p.m.

Hospice Pioneer - Barbara Karnes RN

Long ago there was a Death Cafe blog post that mentioned how Barbara Karnes RN's book GONE FROM MY SIGHT helped a group of people.  She's amazing.  Here's an interview that just came out with her talking about how dying isn't a medical event.  It's ...


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Knoxville

Posted by JennyArthur on June 26, 2015, 3:10 p.m.

With Funeral Consumers Alliance of East Tennessee

July 17, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (EST)

FREE, donations welcome to cover our minimal expenses

This event is sponsored by Funeral Consumers Alliance of East Tennessee, which seeks to keep people informed of their choices in death care. We hope that this open discussion of ...

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Bishop's Stortford

Posted by Nicola Sheehan, DC Poulton & Sons on June 26, 2015, 5:45 a.m.

"I'm not sure about the name"

"I don't like the skull on the teacup"

"But I'm not bereaved..."


I'll admit it, I was nervous.

In all honesty I had had many positive comments as I tried to spread the word about Death Cafe Bishop's Stortford but it is human (well it is certainly Nicola) to focus on the negative and expect a disaster.

'Plan for the worst, hope for the best' is something of a motto for me and in this instance my hope was well founded.

12 of us gathered in the lovely garden room of Great Hadham Golf Club, the evening ...

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Ocala

Posted by Teddy on June 25, 2015, 5:18 p.m.

As our small group of "regulars" got together today, we decided to watch a couple of TedTalks on YouTube about death and dying in different cultures.

Will post them on our Facebook page


Getting close to our two years anniversary and still having fun :-)


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Durham

Posted by katiedarbyvillis on June 25, 2015, 10:44 a.m.

With Katie Darby-Villis

July 21, 2015, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (GMT)


I'm looking forward to the next Death Cafe. The last one was well attended with a wide range of people who feedback it had been a relaxing, enlightening, calming ...

Death Cafe: Oroville Death Cafe

Posted by Reggie Ottem on June 24, 2015, 9:59 p.m.

With Reggie Ottem

Aug. 30, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Pacific)

Donation for facility upkeep, not manditory.

We'l have cake or some other delictable goodie!

Following the Death Cafe will be a discussion group on aging in place, a brainstorming session to support us as we ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe - Clairemont, San Diego

Posted by ScottMasters on June 24, 2015, 1:29 p.m.

With Scott Masters

July 30, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Pacific)


This is in a home, please bring a snack to share for before and after our meeting.  We will provide cake and coffee.

New Blog post: Death Cafe London - share offer to go live in October 2015

Posted by Jon Underwood on June 24, 2015, 11:23 a.m. 3 comments

Tl;dr: The project, to open a 'real' Death Cafe in London, is going great! To raise funds we’ll be offering community shares from October 2015. Please support us with encouragement and pledges or contact us to get involved.



There is good progress to report with the plan to open a ‘real’ Death Cafe in London :)


If you have not heard about this before, we’re working to open a coffee and events venue ...

I host monthly meetings of Death Cafes in this lovely large space at Cafe Rouge in Hampstead and this Death Cafe was especially set up to be filmed for Metro.co.uk, the online branch of the London freebie news paper everyone reads on the underground.

We had an interesting ...

See more at: metro.co.uk