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 2259 Death Cafes.


To date we've held 2259 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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Death Cafe: Death Cafe Gig Harbor

Posted by kristine on Sept. 1, 2015, 4:37 a.m.

With Dr. Kriss Kevorkian

Dec. 14, 2015, 3.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (PST)


Death Cafe: SW London Death Cafe

Posted by Suzanne Michal on Sept. 1, 2015, 4:15 a.m.

With Suzanne Michal

Sept. 14, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (UK)

Free event, a suggested donation of £5 to contribute towards printing postcards to put in local hospices and cemeteries and to support my energy running this monthly event.

My aim is to hold a space where we can talk and listen freely,openly and with vulnerability about our relationship to death. This opens the door for healing magic ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Northern Virginia

Posted by KathleenConn2 on Aug. 31, 2015, 4:37 p.m.

With Kathie Conn

Sept. 13, 2015, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (Eastern )


Bringing people together in a safe place to share their thoughts an feelings regarding death is a gift that keeps on giving. Once it starts more conversations begin. 

Death Cafe: Valley Junction Death Cafe

Posted by Carmen Elliott on Aug. 31, 2015, 3:32 p.m.

With Young Bereavement Professionals Group

Sept. 9, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Central)

Free! Drinks and food available for purchase.

The Young Bereavement Professionals Group is excited to host our first Death Cafe in September!  We will be meeting at Inspired Grounds, right outside the large meeting space.

Please join ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Belfast, Maine

Posted by nancy on Aug. 31, 2015, 2:27 p.m.

With Nancy McAlley

Sept. 22, 2015, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (eastern)

donations are for refreshments, gas for the facilitator's vehicle

I believe the key to easing fears around death is knowlege of the process. Death is something that will come to all of us and it will be helpful to ...

Death Cafe write up: Belleville, IL Death Cafe

Posted by maggieboone on Aug. 31, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

The August 15, 2015 Belleville Death Cafe was inspiring. Attendance was down a bit, but we still had 9 members show up including one of the new members from last meeting. The discussion opened with an update on the Before I Die walls - 2 walls are ready to be constructed. The one at Miscellaena House Cafe that we originally thought would be up by 8/15 had a slight funding snafu but we decided to scale down that wall so it can go up before the wall at Southwestern Illinois College. I believe the construction is waiting on the labor part since the materials have been purchased from ...

Death Cafe: Belleville, IL Death Cafe

Posted by maggieboone on Aug. 31, 2015, 9:33 a.m.

With Maggie and Sharon

Sept. 26, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (CST)

Donations for cake and "funeral dogs" and the Before I Die wall

Our Death Cafe is an open discussion on aspects of death and process of death. We have had many discussions since April ranging from fear of death, Hospice, prearrangements, cultural ...

Death Cafe: Second Death Cafe in Mildura, Victoria

Posted by Supermum on Aug. 31, 2015, 8:12 a.m.

With Colleen

Sept. 24, 2015, 5.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. (Australia )

Ďonation of a gold coin

Lets chat about  stuff

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Durham

Posted by katiedarbyvillis on Aug. 30, 2015, 12:07 p.m.

With Katie Darby-Villis

Sept. 23, 2015, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (GMT)


This will be the fifth Durham Death Café, which have all been thought provoking, interesting, thoughtful and positive. We seem to be getting a mixture of a regular few that ...

Death Cafe write up: St. Louis Area Death Cafe

Posted by dbanocy on Aug. 29, 2015, 12:57 p.m.

Another Death Cafe in the books!  It is so liberating to talk so openly about death.  It is the one thing we have in common and the input by everyone is so interesting!  i can't wait to meet again!

Death Cafe: Salt Spring Death Cafe

Posted by AnnaHaltrecht on Aug. 29, 2015, 12:41 p.m.

With Anna Haltrecht and Salt Spring Hospice facilitators

Oct. 3, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (PDT)

refreshments by donation

After a first successful season of 4 Death Cafes, Salt Spring is continuing with 5 more: October 3  & 31, and January 30, March 5 & April 30 in 2016. Thank you ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in London

Posted by Panagiotis Pentaris on Aug. 29, 2015, 6:03 a.m.

With Literary Kitchen Festival

Oct. 13, 2015, 4.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (UTC+00:00)


Death Cafe write up: Second Death Cafe Footscray

Posted by PetaMurray on Aug. 29, 2015, 3:26 a.m.

This was an intimate gathering in the main gallery space of the Footscray Community Arts Centre. We were grateful for the contributions from all participants at the table. The passionfruit and banana cake seemed to go down a treat too.


There will be a third and final Death Cafe (in this series, anyway) on 26 September, in the same venue, at the same time. 

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Oakland

Posted by jotartare on Aug. 28, 2015, 4:48 p.m.

With Brooke Deputy, Amani Loutfy, Bill Palmer, Jo Townson

Sept. 9, 2015, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Pacific )

Free, but you must register on EventBrite link below

Death Cafe: Ashland Death Cafe

Posted by julianspalding on Aug. 28, 2015, 12:45 p.m.

With Laurel Miller Selene Seltzer Julian Spalding Patrick Fitzsimmons Jennifer Mathews Lily Myers Kaplan

Oct. 6, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Pacific)

Donations requested towards treats and venue rental