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 3560 Death Cafes.


To date we've held 3560 Death Cafes. These never involve agendas, advertising or set conclusions. Interesting conversations are 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 37 countries.

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Support Death Cafe

Running Death Cafe is great fun but does take a lot of time. If you value this work please donate 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

Video: Happy Birthday Death Cafe!

Posted by Jon Underwood on Sept. 25, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Woodford, Essex

Posted by Rae528 on Sept. 25, 2016, 6:27 a.m.

With Rachel Bass

Oct. 17, 2016, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (England)


The event is being held in a cafe that is a 2 minute walk from Woodford tube station on the central line.

Attendees are asked to please purchase a drink ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Cambridge

Posted by penny on Sept. 24, 2016, 9:46 a.m.

With Penny

Oct. 27, 2016, 6.45 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (UK)

The event is free and there will be food and drink to purchase. Donations to cover cost of room hire are welcome.

You are welcome to join us for tea, cake and conversation about death in an open, respectful and confidential space. We meet simply as people who are going to die ...

Press: Death Cafe: Let's talk about death over tea and cake

Posted by Cole Imperi on Sept. 24, 2016, 8:28 a.m.

Our first Cincinnati-region Death Cafe was covered by the Cincinnati Enquirer! It's this Friday, and we can't wait.

Thanks to St. Elizabeth Healthcare Comunity Grief Support Center for providing Space, The Globe for providing the cake and Bean Haus for providing tea and coffee!

See more at: The Cincinnati Enquirer

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Cork

Posted by Beth Wallace on Sept. 23, 2016, 9:57 a.m.

What an honour and a privilege it was to facilitate Cork's first Death Cafe! 

Approximately 20 people gathered in the cosy & welcoming surroundings of Myo Cafe on the Autumn Equinox. The group varied in age from early 20s to mid 60s, was slightly more female than male, and a mix of at least 7 different nationalities! 

Here's what some of the participants said: 

It was:

warm, interesting, educational, relaxed, cosy, intimate, surprising, friendly, natural, healing, insightful, pleasant, enjoyable, sociable, ground breaking, different, expansive, challenging, safe, hard, easy

Here's what some participants said to people thinking about coming to a Death Cafe:

''Please go!''

''It is ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Cork

Posted by Beth Wallace on Sept. 23, 2016, 9:08 a.m.

With Beth Wallace & Jennifer Moran Stritch

Jan. 28, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (GMT)

We suggest a donation of between €2 and €5 to cover costs - drinks & snacks are available at extra cost.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe MEBANE

Posted by Sara Williams on Sept. 23, 2016, 8:04 a.m.

With Sara Williams

Oct. 26, 2016, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (EST)


Death Cafe: Albany WA Death Cafe

Posted by Albany WA Death Cafe on Sept. 23, 2016, 12:50 a.m.

With Kate Thomas/Irene Montefiore

Sept. 30, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (WAT)

Nil - buy your own coffee/cake

Death Cafe: Greater Portland Death Cafe

Posted by Amanda C. on Sept. 22, 2016, 7:02 p.m.

With VNA Home Health Hospice & Changing The Face of Dying

Oct. 13, 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (EST)

Free, Accept Donations

For this first meeting only there will be a general informational session at the beginning to familiarize people with death cafe and it's goals.   After that we will split ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe West Los Angeles

Posted by Leslie Gelfand on Sept. 22, 2016, 11:48 a.m.

With Leslie Gelfand

Nov. 30, 2016, 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. (pacific)

Free. Donations welcome to cover the cost of refreshments.

Join us in a relaxed setting to drink tea and coffee and eat cake and cookies and discuss everything to do with death and dying, life and living.

No lectures ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Istanbul

Posted by Selen Caglayik Eloglu on Sept. 21, 2016, 8:32 a.m.

With Selen Caglayik Eloglu

Sept. 27, 2016, 7.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (+3)

Donations requested for cake

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Castlemaine

Posted by Hayley West on Sept. 21, 2016, 4:46 a.m.

With David Rigby & Hayley West

Oct. 23, 2016, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Melbourne EST)

free event

This is the third Death Cafe in Castlemaine. The Mess Room at the Governor's Cafe in the Old Castlemaine Gaol is a comfortable space, accommodating our Death Cafes free ...

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in the Valley

Posted by SoultenderMaggie on Sept. 20, 2016, 2:14 p.m.

With Maggie Yenoki

Oct. 4, 2016, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (pacific)

Free! But your help with refreshment costs and room rental are welcomed.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Fredericton, New Brunswick

Posted by AnneMarie on Sept. 20, 2016, 12:31 p.m.

With Anne Marie Hartford

Sept. 27, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Atlantic Daylight Saving)

Accept donations to cover coffee.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Hitchin

Posted by salli on Sept. 20, 2016, 5:54 a.m.

With Salli

Sept. 27, 2016, 7.00 p.m. - 9.15 p.m. (GMT)

There is a small charge to cover room hire.

Death Cafe Hitchin has held monthly meetings for over a year. Join us for thought-provoking conversation.  Discuss issues that you perhaps would prefer to avoid!  Sort out your priorities, don ...