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 1629 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.


To read about our plans to open a 'real' Death Cafe in London click here >>

Recent posts

Death Cafe: Seattle Death Cafe - Greenwood

Posted by PattiA on March 4, 2015, 10:51 a.m.

With Patti Cooper Amundson

March 24, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.45 p.m. (Pacific)

Donations to cover the cost of brownies are accepted but entirely optional.

Expect a little humor as we discuss whatever aspects of death are raised in our converstation. And enjoy the best brownies on the block at the same time! Thanks to ...

Death Cafe: AltSA Death Cafe in San Antonio, TX

Posted by Laurie Dietrich on March 4, 2015, 9:22 a.m.

With Laurie Dietrich

March 14, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Central)

Death Cafe is free and open to all interested participants. There will be a donation jar for those who want to contribute toward the overhead of our host organization.

AltSA Death Cafe is for anyone who identifies as "alternative" - whatever that means to you - in relation to spirituality (or lack thereof), lifestyle, sexual and/or gender orientation, etc.

Communities ...

Link: Digital Legacy Conference - Call for speakers

Posted by James Norris on March 4, 2015, 9:14 a.m.


We are running the first ever 'Digital Legacy Conference  at UCL Partners, London.  Call for Speakers & Scholars !

We would like those intererted in speaking at the Digital Legacy Conference 2015 to get in touch. Further details are shown below:

Website: www.DigitalLegacyConference.com

Contacy us via: www.deadsocial.org ...


Death Cafe: Pop-up Death Cafe: Devizes, Kennet and Avon Canal

Posted by mysticmoon on March 4, 2015, 2:29 a.m.

With Sue Brayne

April 13, 2015, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (GMT)

Suggested donation of £5 to cover teas and cake

Sue is as passionate about helping people to talk more honestly and opening about death and dying as she is about the canals. So offering pop-up death cafes on a ...

Death Cafe: Cardiff Death Cafe

Posted by CardiffDC on March 4, 2015, 1:53 a.m.

With Sue Lawford and Rosemary McClements-Hall

April 26, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (BST)

Donations welcome towards room hire

Sue and Rose met at a Death Cafe in Bristol in June 2014.  Each had heard about Death Cafes, and found the idea really exciting.  Their first-hand experience underlined how ...

Death Cafe write up: Denver Death Cafe February 2015

Posted by Anita Larson on March 3, 2015, 4:19 p.m.

Denver Death Café Summary

February 15, 2015


Thank you to Charlene Mason with Porter Place for hosting the February 2015 Denver Death Café. Although there were a few snow flurries, everyone felt warm and cozy in this inviting space. Anita Larson baked a homemade chocolate cake and Porter Place served hot tea and coffee.


The open conversations started with a question on how to best provide long distance support to a dying relative. One attendee mentioned that he faxed a cartoon to the hospital everyday. It was intended to give his loved one a laugh or chuckle for the day and it did just that. Additionally, the hospital ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Colorado Springs

Posted by returninghome on March 3, 2015, 3:58 p.m.

With Conversations With a Good Death

March 17, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Mountain)

We gladly accept donations that will go to the Non-profit Returning Home

We want to engage the community in healthy conversations about end of life and death in a fun no judgement setting.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Washington DC

Posted by ccalatayud on March 3, 2015, 3:43 p.m.

With Community Hospice and George Washington University

March 18, 2015, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (EDT)


This Death Cafe is being held in the afternoon to accomodate student schedules, but is open to the public. Community Hospices of DC and George Washington University are sponsoring the ...

Death Cafe write up: Flagstaff February Death Cafe

Posted by aleia@furthershore.org on March 3, 2015, 2:59 p.m.

The cafe was attended by 35 diverse, but connected through our "enthusiasm for talking about death" patrons! Themes shared in round table discussions included: death with dignity, palliative care, caring for the dying who are without mental capacity (such as with Altzehiemer's). Some of the gratitudes expressed were for: community, humor, courage, acceptance of all ideas; willingness to be vulnerable and honest; safety. One comment:  "My perspective on death has today, lead to my forging friendships with total strangers!"

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Flagstaff, AZ

Posted by aleia@furthershore.org on March 3, 2015, 2:34 p.m.

With Aleia O'Reilly, Meg Leander, and Angela Krupica

April 4, 2015, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Pacific Time USA)


Local nonprofit, Further Shore sponsors this Cafe. It is open to spiritual and secular communities alike. Conversation topics are chosen by attendees and guided by facilitators. All Welcome!


Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Orlando

Posted by Sarah Elizabeth Walter on March 3, 2015, 11:37 a.m.

On a grey, rainy afternoon in late February, eleven strangers sought each other out to discuss the topic of death and all things related Orlando’s second Death Cafe. Despite the weather, our participant’s spirits were not dampened over the course of our two hour event – if anything, a merrier group was never seen in the face of what can often be a difficult, challenging conversation.

Gathered in a loose circle — on sofas, in chairs, on the floor, attendees took part in a group discussion on matters of life and death that ranged from one’s first awareness of death, to last wishes and everything in between ...

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Norwich, VT

Posted by eolmidwife on March 3, 2015, 10:05 a.m.

I have been wanting to host one of these since I heard about them!  It was fun and enlightening.  We held it in the library community room.  My daughter made a coffee cake.  I also served coffee, tea, grapes and cookies.  Seven people attended and we had a lively conversation.

I wish I had spent more time  planning and publicizing the event. At least 10 people said they wish they could have joined us but had other commitments.  I am already working on setting up other Cafes in different venues in the community!


Death Cafe: Zweites Death Cafe Zürich

Posted by DeathCafeZurich on March 3, 2015, 5:19 a.m.

With Sarah Buchmann

May 3, 2015, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (UTC +01:00)

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(English speakers see postscript)

Die wunderbare Atmosphäre vom ersten Death Café Zürich im Cabaret Voltaire klingt noch immer in mir nach. Und mit den ersten warmen Sonnenstrahlen erwache ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on March 3, 2015, 3:59 a.m.

With Dr Michele Knight

March 28, 2015, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Suggested gold coin entry donation in support of local charity.

Death, that final process of transition which we must all engage with is an event in our lives frequently feared and often misunderstood.  A Death Café provides an opportunity for ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Orinda, California

Posted by orindabooks on March 3, 2015, 1:27 a.m.

With Dr Sherrellen Gerhart and Karyn Nelson

March 26, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

free event