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 1740 Death Cafes.

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This website is an online space to talk about death. Please share your thoughts, links and art about death and post your Death Cafes.


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Recent posts

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe TLV

Posted by DigitalDust on March 31, 2015, 3:07 p.m.


The first Death Cafe in Israel took place in Tel Aviv in February 2015. 
It was an exceptionally cold, windy, dusty, rainy evening, so we were pleasantly surprised with the number of people who turned up in this weather: 25! 
We were worried there would be moments of awkward silence, but I don't think there was a single minute of silence during the two hours long Death Cafe. 
The attendees were divided into small groups - 4-5 people in each - and every 20 minutes were encouraged to switch places and sit with new people. 
Spirits were high and as the event progressed, you could see how people loosened ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Mt. Iron, Minnesota

Posted by MarliseRiffel on March 30, 2015, 7:26 p.m.

With Joy Lehtinen, Marlise Riffel and Sue Tuomela

April 19, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Central)


This is the second series of Death Cafes to be held on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota.  And this is the last meeting of this second series.

Death Cafe: Westport Death Cafe

Posted by Val Lovelace on March 30, 2015, 5:27 p.m.

With It's My Death, Inc.

April 23, 2015, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (EST)

Donations accepted but not required

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Pasadena

Posted by SoultenderMaggie on March 30, 2015, 3:21 p.m.

With Maggie Yenoki

May 5, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Pacific)

Donations requested towards Room Rental and Refreshments

This Death Cafe is created as a safe, compassionate, free space to talk about Death and dying. 

There is no fee, but donations are accepted to cover the cost of ...

Death Cafe write up: Tuonen Tupa Death Cafe

Posted by kmarttinen on March 30, 2015, 2:15 p.m.

Saturday the 14th of March we talked about many things. Discussion started slowly about the hatred and guilt we feel towards death and the dead person. Moving on to suicides and euthanasia. All very interesting. But what made me write today, was the information of the death of one special person. Antti O. Arponen was not world famous, but in our little community he was well known. Representative in the city politisc and wrote over 50  sports related books and numerous articles still this year. He wanted to say his word about incurable illness and his upcoming death in the December 13th Tuonen Tupa Death Cafe just a ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Belleville, Illinois

Posted by maggieboone on March 30, 2015, 11:29 a.m.

With Maggie Boone Tribout

April 25, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (CST)

Not asking for donations

I have had a lot of personal experience with death in the past few years. I lost everyone in my immediate family, including my husband, except one sister who is ...

Death Cafe: Southern Humboldt Death Cafe

Posted by Cristo Larson on March 30, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

With Christopher Larson: Takiko Larson, Facilitator

April 23, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (pacific)

Donations will be be accepted toward costs of refreshments & to Heart of the Redwoods Community Hospice for providing the space.

Southern Humboldt Death Cafe is an open invitation to the community to have an open conversation about Death. There is no agenda or theme. This is a no-alcohol event.

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Birmingham @The Coffin Works

Posted by carrieweekes on March 30, 2015, 7:40 a.m.

Another fantastic Death Cafe at the Lovely Coffin Works yesterday. 

As usual, I will hand over to our participants to tell you what they thought!

What was good about Death Cafe today?

  "Lovely like-minded people, really enjoyed meeting everyone and the time just flew by!"

"Relaxed atmosphere, flowing conversations, no awkward silence."

"Welcoming and informal"

"The company, the venue, the warm welcome, the exchange of information, the environment for easy sharing and the humour". 

"Great conversations, funny, great company and lovely cake!".

"Approachable hosts, knowledgeable and friendly."

"Excellent, understanding people."

"The fact that it happened!"

For more information on our next Death Cafe in Birmingham email deathcafebirmingham@gmail ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Thornhill

Posted by EndofLifeStudies on March 30, 2015, 5:47 a.m.

With Glasgow End of Life Studies Group

April 15, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (UTC + 1:00)


We are working on Global Interventions at the End of Life, a research project which is led by Professor Clark and funded by the Wellcome Trust. The project looks at ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Taiwan #20

Posted by CelinJheng on March 30, 2015, 2:33 a.m.

With Bonnie Lin

April 12, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (UTC+08:00)


Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Taiwan #19

Posted by CelinJheng on March 30, 2015, 2:12 a.m.

With CelinJheng

April 11, 2015, 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (UTC+08:00)


Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Taiwan #18

Posted by CelinJheng on March 29, 2015, 10:48 p.m.

With CelinJheng

April 1, 2015, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (UTC+08:00)


Death Cafe: Oroville Death Cafe

Posted by Reggie Ottem on March 29, 2015, 10:16 a.m.

With Reggie Ottem

April 12, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. (Pacific)

Donation for facility upkeep, not manditory.

We'l have cake or some other delictable goodie!

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Maine

Posted by nancy on March 28, 2015, 7:44 p.m.

With Nancy McAlley

April 20, 2015, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (eastern)

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

Death Cafe is to promote friendly, non-judgmental conversation about life and death.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe, Kansas CIty, North

Posted by Steve Smith on March 28, 2015, 2:29 p.m.

With Steve Smith

April 14, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Central Daylight Savings )


Come for a relaxed time of talking about death and dying.