Death Cafe with discussion on suicide?

Posted by berry on Aug. 8, 2017, 8 a.m. 1 comment

Hello! I attended my first Death Cafe last fall and it was such a good experience I wanted to host another one in our community. What I noticed in the first one is that people were comfortable talking about death, but suicide remained taboo. I am thinking I would like to focus the conversation on this one around suicide, but is that too narrow a focus to maintain the guidelines?


Also, if I collect donations, can they go to something specific, say, a local suicde support group?



This is a great question, and it's wonderful that you found it to be such a good experience!

In accordance with the guidelines, it would be restrictive to narrow the focus of a Death Cafe to suicide. However as a Death Cafe attendee/ participant you could bring it up and see where the conversation leads? Equally, you could host a Death Cafe for a specific community as per this blog:

If you felt it was appropriate to dedicate a proportion of proceeds to a charity then that would be fine - the issue we have is when individuals use donations for things that aren't good!

Posted by Jools Barsky

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