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 1622 Death Cafes.

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We offer support to set up your own Death Cafe. Organising a Death Cafe is enjoyable, easy and life-enhancing.

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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 Louisville

Posted by jamagn01 on March 1, 2015, 4:31 p.m.

This was the first cafe of the year, each cafe I learn a little more about being a host for Death Cafe Louisville. This cafe was the first one not promoted by Rainbow Blossom, the location we are currently using, so this is a piece of the puzzle that provided a little challenge. 

We had four participants plus two hosts, which provided plenty of opportunity for participation. We discussed many aspects of death, but the main threads revolved around "knowing" when to transition from curative treatment to palliative care and creating community to care for each other as we age.

Another memorable part of the conversation was being ...



Death Cafe: Ithaca Death Cafe

Posted by Angela Lucia Mennitto on March 1, 2015, 10:09 a.m.



With Angela Mennitto, Michele Hochstetter, Chris Dunham & Tricia Conroy

May 4, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Free, but donations are gratefully accepted for the cost of the facility and edibles.


Please join us in a relaxed setting to discuss death, drink tea, and eat cake.  Death Cafes are gatherings to share thought-provoking, engaging and respectful conversations on death. They are ...




The seventeenth Death Cafe, which was held in Verona on the 26th January, was a “mini” event with two participants. In any case, the conversation was, as always, very lively and stimulating!

What comes to mind when we hear the word “death”?

“I think about how I’m here now and afterwards I won’t be here anymore”; 

“I question myself about the meaning of life;”

“I realize that I don’t spend enough time on the things that are meaningful for me”;

“the skull and crossbones comes to mind as it’s a symbol of death and danger (and pirates!)”;

“I think about funerals and how people ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Birmingham @The Coffin Works

Posted by carrieweekes on Feb. 27, 2015, 9:41 a.m.



With Carrie Weekes, Fran Glover

March 29, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (GMT)

Tickets are free, but spaces are limited. If you cannot attend please let us know so we can offer your ticket to someone else.


For this Death Café we have a particularly special venue. We are being hosted by The Coffin Works, Birmingham’s newest heritage attraction. Opened in October 2014, the restored Newman ...



Death Cafe: Pop-up Death Cafe: Grand Union Canal, Islington

Posted by mysticmoon on Feb. 27, 2015, 4:34 a.m.



With Sue Brayne and Julienne McLean

May 11, 2015, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (GMT)

£5 suggested donation to cover costs of tea and cake


This is the first of two pop-up death cafes on Mystic Moon, co-run with Julienne McLean. 

The second one is on 20th May, at Paddington Basin, to celebrate and support ...



Death Cafe: Pop-up Death Cafe: Paddington Basin, W2

Posted by mysticmoon on Feb. 27, 2015, 3:30 a.m.



With Sue Brayne and Julienne McLean

May 20, 2015, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (GMT)

£5 suggested donation to cover costs of tea and cake


To celebrate and support Dying Matters week, Sue is offering two pop-up death cafes on Mystic Moon at Paddington Basin.

The first is this one with Julienne, the second is ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Perth, Scotland

Posted by Rachel Weiss on Feb. 26, 2015, 4:40 p.m.



With Johanna Babbs, John Birrell, Rachel Weiss

April 27, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (GMT)

Donations accepted for publicity costs


This is the first Death Café in Perth. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation about death and dying in a welcoming environment. Meet interesting people with a similar interest, but ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Montreal

Posted by Kit Racette on Feb. 26, 2015, 10:51 a.m.



With Kit Racette

March 2, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (EDT)

Death Cafe events are free. Donations to cover costs are appreciated.


Why go to a Death Cafe event?

Kit creates safe comfortable venues where people can talk at ease about death and dying - about their own deaths, the deaths of loved ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Ontario OR

Posted by Death cafe in ONTARIO, OR on Feb. 26, 2015, 10:47 a.m.


With Ann Bolyard

March 28, 2015, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Mountain)

Donations are welcome for death cafe advertisement and refreshments costs


I feel it is important to start the conversation, and starting the conversation has become a national movement. I would like for our small rural community to have this opportunity.



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Huonville, Tasmania

Posted by cathschlyder on Feb. 26, 2015, 12:40 a.m.



With Geeveston Community Centre/Cath Schlyder

March 11, 2015, 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (Australia)

free event


This event has been funded by the Australian Government's Better Access to Palliative Care in Tasmania Program, through the Tasmanian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Networking End of ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Pawlet

Posted by NancyScarcello on Feb. 25, 2015, 9:17 p.m.



With Robin Taft and Nancy Scarcello

March 24, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern Standard)

donations accepted towards gas, cake and tea



New Blog post: Death Cafe appears on Radio Canada

Posted by Kit Racette on Feb. 25, 2015, 8:01 p.m.


In November we were honoured to have a film team join us in a Death Cafe evening to film the discussions. The programme "Second Regard" is well known and admired for producing excellent reports and they certainly lived up to their reputation.

The film is in French but I think even if you do not understand the words you will appreciate the quality of the piece.

 

Le reportage sur la page de Second Regard:
 


New Blog post: Death Cafe - Food for Thought

Posted by St Joseph's Hospice on Feb. 25, 2015, 4:13 a.m.


‘Food for thought’, ‘Enlightening’, ‘Great to be part of the discussion’ were just some of the comments from over 50 people who attended a recent Death Café at St Joseph’s Hospice, on Thursday 5th February 2015.

 

Nurses, artists, writers, psychotherapists and funeral directors as well as hospice patients and staff were amongst the crowd who attended the event, held as part of a day dedicated to encouraging openness and dialogue about death and dying ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe - Mandurah

Posted by Seasons on Feb. 24, 2015, 9:01 p.m.



With Seasons Funerals

March 12, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (UTC/GMT + 8)

Free


This Death Cafe is the first of its kind in Mandurah.

Curious? Come along! Please contact the organiser for more information or to make a booking.



Death Cafe: Death Cafe - Vancouver

Posted by bforetheend on Feb. 24, 2015, 1:40 p.m.



With NikNaz K and Cheryl Cheeks

March 25, 2015, 6.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (PDT)

Suggested donation $5.00 to cover costs


This Death Cafe is sponsored by Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House - http://www.mpnh.org/