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 4163 Death Cafes.


To date we've held 4163 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 42 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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Death Cafe: Death Cafe in San Diego, CA

Posted by Barbara Bailey on Feb. 25, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

With Barbara Bailey, MS, RN

March 10, 2017, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (Pacific Standard)

The Death Cafe is free. Donations are accepted to assist with cost of refreshments and supplies

All adults are welcome.  Registration is required. Space is limited.  Participants must arrive on time.

Death Cafe: Gig Harbor Death Cafe

Posted by kristine on Feb. 25, 2017, 12:54 p.m.

With Dr. Kriss Kevorkian

May 15, 2017, 3.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (PST)


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Croydon

Posted by Serenity on Feb. 25, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

With Serenity Gardens

March 25, 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 ...

Link: National Council of Palliative Care Awards

Posted by Cat Martin on Feb. 25, 2017, 8:15 a.m.

The National Council for Palliative Care has announced the winners for its 2017 awards.

The awards were announced at the NCPC’s 25th anniversary event at the House of Lords on 22 February.

Over 90 entries were received for the four categories. The awards were presented by Joan, Baroness ...


Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Brampton, Ontario

Posted by Perminder on Feb. 24, 2017, 8:54 p.m.

With Perminder Lota

March 11, 2017, 1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. (Eastern)

Donations requested

I am going to host a Death Cafe so that it provides an opportunity for people to talk about death and dying in a relaxed setting.

My aim is t ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Charlotte, North Carolina

Posted by Gaye Dimmick on Feb. 24, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

With Gaye Dimmick

March 15, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Eastern )

Donations are for refreshments

Come prepared to ask question, share thoughts and perhaps a poem or two.

A big shout out to Saint Martin's for a wonderful place to gather.

Death Cafe write up: Belleville, IL Death Cafe

Posted by maggieboone on Feb. 24, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

We had a lot of interesting discussion spanning a variety of topics. It was nice to see all of the new participants from last month return as well as one of our original participants. After greeting everyone and more introductions, we started our discussions.

The first topic began when it was asked of the participant that was diagnosed with Parkinson’s had started a dialog with the family about death in respect to what she wanted at the end of life. This became a segway into the importance of advanced directives, and the different forms one should have easy access to. The information everyone in Illinois should look ...

Death Cafe: Belleville, IL Death Cafe

Posted by maggieboone on Feb. 24, 2017, 2:03 p.m.

With Maggie and Sharon

March 25, 2017, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (CST)

Donations are appreciated

Death cafe is a community space for discussion of all aspects of death, dying, and living with the conscious awareness of death. We hold a group-oriented discussion with no specific ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Oakland

Posted by Bill Palmer on Feb. 24, 2017, 11:32 a.m.

With Brooke Deputy

March 14, 2017, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (US West Coast)


Our generous sponsor is Chapel of the Chimes.

Death Cafe: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Feb. 23, 2017, 3:51 p.m.

With Kathy Miller, LCPC

April 28, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Central)

Donations to help cover the cost of refreshments are gratefully accepted!

We're all gonna die. You, me, and everyone we know and don't know.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk about it ...

Death Cafe write up: Stratford Death Cafe

Posted by Stratford on Feb. 23, 2017, 7:35 a.m.

We held our first Death Cafe in Stratford, Ontario last night, facilitated by Holly Shephard. Eleven people attended as well as me (the baker) and Holly making us a lucky group of 13 mortal souls. 

We broke into 3 groups, and switched up the groups mid-way through the event. Conversation was free-flowing, fascinating, and thought provoking. Many of the people in attendance reported that they would like to join in another Death Cafe. I feel that the first Stratford Deah Cafe was very successful.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Posted by Vivir con Voz Propia on Feb. 23, 2017, 2:56 a.m.


March 23, 2017, 5.00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. (+1)


This Death Cafe will be done in coordination with HUCI project, we are trying to do a DC the same day in several cities, not only in Spain but also ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Southern Maryland

Posted by Dr. Alice Fong on Feb. 22, 2017, 8:06 p.m.

With Dr. Alice Fong

May 29, 2017, 6.00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (EST)


Death. It's a subject few of us like to think about, much less discuss. But it is also a reality all of us will have to face someday. Death ...

Death Cafe: Whanganui Death Cafe

Posted by WhanganuiDeathCafe on Feb. 22, 2017, 7:20 p.m.

With Clare & Marion

March 7, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (New Zealand)

Donations requested towards venue costs ($30)

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Newcastle

Posted by EileenRidley on Feb. 22, 2017, 2:57 p.m.

With Eileen Ridley and Liz Kirsopp

March 20, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (DST)

This Death Cafe is free

Each table at this Death Cafe will be facillitated to give people the chance to explore aspects of death and dying in a relaxed and safe space.

Booking essential.