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 3330 Death Cafes.


To date we've held 3330 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 33 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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To read about our work to set up a brick & mortar Death Cafe in London click here >>

Recent posts

Death Cafe: Westerville Death Cafe

Posted by Columbus Death Cafe/Lizzy Miles on June 30, 2016, 9:31 a.m.

With Lizzy Miles

Aug. 6, 2016, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (EST)

Free to attend

This is as authentic as you can get.  No agenda, no ideology. You share what's on your mind.  This is a discussion group, not a grief group or educational ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Greenwich

Posted by Jan Ryan on June 29, 2016, 9:12 a.m.

With Jan Ryan

July 10, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. (British Summer Tiem)


Due to the popularity of last year's Greenwich Death Cafe at Mycenae House's annual Parkfest (a free open day with lots going on celebrating our community centre and ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Crouch End

Posted by Rosalie on June 29, 2016, 8:14 a.m.

With Rosalie Kuyvenhoven

July 20, 2016, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (London)

We ask a donation of £5 to help cover the costs for venue hire.

Join host Rosalie Kuyvenhoven at the Priory Park Café to drink tea, eat Flora's cake and talk about death in an open, safe and relaxing environment. There's no ...

Practitioners question: Poor Turnout

Posted by Cat Martin on June 29, 2016, 7:25 a.m.

Held my first death cafe, one person attended. I'm disappointed! What do a I need to do to get more bums on seats?

I put up about 15 posters, at various venues and advertised in local free media, print and radio.

Would including my name and phone number help ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Christchurch

Posted by MelanieTheCreatrix on June 28, 2016, 7:14 p.m.

With Melanie Mayell & Penelope Craig

July 31, 2016, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (New Zealand)

No charge, but please reserve your seat

Our Death Cafe is a hosted conversation about death and dying from a social perspective [not necessarily a medical one]. Coffee and cake included!

We encourage participants to support each ...

Practitioners question: Phoenix Death Cafe

Posted by amicusmortis on June 28, 2016, 3:25 a.m.

Heads up!! Death Cafe coming to Phoenix, Arizona.

Death Cafe: Quincy's First Death Cafe

Posted by janejoy on June 27, 2016, 6:41 p.m.

With Jane B Ford and Priscilla Shute

July 26, 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)

At the present time, we will not be asking for donations.

Death Cafe write up: St. George, Maine Death Cafe VII

Posted by Sylvia Sienikehä Pearlman on June 27, 2016, 2:08 p.m.

Intimate, lively gathering. 

Death Cafe: Tampa Death Cafe

Posted by Cat Martin on June 27, 2016, 8:54 a.m.

With Cat Martin

July 24, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Donations towards the use of the venue.

Thanks to Roberto Torres of The Blind Tiger for the venue.

Death Cafe write up: Tampa Death Cafe

Posted by Cat Martin on June 27, 2016, 8:52 a.m.

Cake, coffee, and a wide ranging conversation were enjoyed by the 3 of us.

Death Cafe write up: Calgary Death Cafe

Posted by Death Cafe Calgary on June 26, 2016, 7:53 p.m.

The sign of a great Death Café is one where the participants are so engaged that the noise level is the biggest complaint on the evaluations.  This was the experience of the 23 guests at the Death Café held at Good Earth near Westhills in Calgary.  Diverse ages, genders, and cultures were present to discuss death, the one thing we all have in common.  It was a wonderful turnout for a sunny afternoon in June.  Many of the guests were first-time attendees with the promise of return visits.  Death Cafés will return in Calgary in October 2016.

Practitioners question: deleting a scheduled death cafe?

Posted by penny on June 26, 2016, 11:03 a.m. 1 comment


I need to cancel a Death Cafe that I've posted and can't find how to do this. No-one has booked yet so its simply a matter of deleting it before anyone books.

Thank you

best wishes


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Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Denmark, Australia

Posted by Kristy Ratcliffe on June 26, 2016, 7:48 a.m.

Last week 21 people gathered at Lyra House meditation centre for our town's first Death Cafe. After an introduction sharing circle, we helped ourselves to lovely cake and mingled, naturally forming small groups where a range of topics were discussed. Some people discussed the spiritual, transcendental side of death and the importance of ritual, another group wanted to know more about the practical side especially which documents are relevant for a more self-directed, autonomous experience at the end of life. A very small group was also formed of people caring for a dying person or facing their own death soon. All in all, participants went away feeling ...

Death Cafe: Mallorca Death Cafe

Posted by MallorcaDeathCafe on June 26, 2016, 6:35 a.m.

With Glynis German

July 6, 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (GMT+1)

Each participant pays for their own refreshments. Santosha also do evening meals if you want to stay on after the event

Se puede asistir a los Mallorca Death Cafe tanto a este o al que tendrá lugar cada mes en Binissalem.  En Binissalem los encuentros mensuales se hacen en castellano.  Se ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Oakland

Posted by Bill Palmer on June 25, 2016, 8:01 a.m.

With Bill Palmer

July 12, 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (US West Coast)


Death Cafe Oakland is a safe, welcoming place in which people  share their ideas, concerns, fears, and hopes about death as well as coffee, tea, and cookies. Death Cafe is ...