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Cake and Karma at the Death Cafe

Posted Tuesday 24 October 2017 Written by msanders13

What better way to commemorate 9/11 than to gather with a group of barefooted strangers to sip tea and talk about death?

My friend Dorothy and I decided to check out a Death Cafe. I have mentioned these in an earlier post.  Held globally, they provide an opportunity for ...

The Jury Is Still Out.

Posted Monday 23 October 2017 Written by HopeO

The conversation started out revolving around faith and for some others, a lack of it.

There were recounts of near-death experiences and in one particular recount, the subject had been unconscious for 3 days, throwing his family into a distraught state so much so that, as he said, after ...

Celebration of Life or Denial of Death?

Posted Friday 13 October 2017 Written by linda

People are often surprised when they learn of my love-hate relationship with the term “Celebration of Life.”

"But you're a Celebrant!" they say. "Doesn't that mean you like to celebrate?"

Well, yes...and no. It depends. 

Let’s take a look at Google’s definition of the word ...

Death Cafe in Ubud, Bali Area

Posted Friday 29 September 2017 Written by smudgetoby

Interested in attending a death cafe meeting in the Ubud, Bali Indonesia area in the first 2 weeks of March 2018. Any planned?

B. H.

 

When I Imagine Death as a Woman

Posted Saturday 09 September 2017 Written by estrayer

Looking at death as being a woman came to me the other day when I ran across some pictures of death as a woman. I typically think of the same old image of a man in a robe and hood with a scythe. He is behind or beside some poor ...

Death Is A Hard Sell

Posted Tuesday 05 September 2017 Written by dr_dick

Death is a hard sell in our death-denying culture.  Yet, each of the people I encountered recently will, in time, face the end of their life.  That’s a given.  The big question is; will they have the time or even the inclination to face their mortality in a way ...

A Student of Death

Posted Thursday 17 August 2017 Written by dr_dick

 

 “I want to celebrate my belief that living well and dying well are one and the same thing.  I’m not talking about adjusting deathbed pillows so that dying people can strike heroic poses for the edification of onlookers.  I’m talking about achieving a good death in the context ...

From Birth To Death: The Four Phases Of Life From An Ancestral Perspective

Posted Thursday 10 August 2017 Written by ash_stevens

The politicians and citizens of America proclaim that America is the greatest country in all the world. But take a look at our country’s rates of depression, drug abuse, disease, and incarceration and we see a side of America that isn’t so great.

 

Modern times have made life ...

Death Cafe in a primary school

Posted Friday 04 August 2017 Written by sneharooh

What happens when children sit in a death cafe? what happens when their learning companions are with them and are exploring the emotions aroud death with them? I got the opportunity to facilitate this important Death Cafe at an alternative learning space in the city of Hyderabad called Vision Rainbow ...

Death anxiety and death cafes

Posted Sunday 30 July 2017 Written by CarolineDent

Following the recent and sudden death of Jon Underwood, I wanted to write something on a personal level about Death Cafe and it's life changing importance. Please feel free to share. (NB : the young woman mentioned in the piece gave me her express permission to publish this) :

It was ...

Before Jon's funeral - words from Jon's mother-in-law Carol

Posted Wednesday 05 July 2017 Written by Jools

A tribute to my lovely son-in-law Jon Underwood

 

You were a special person but it's only now you're gone I realise how special a person you really were.

 

I was quite intolerant of Death Cafe because I didn't understand it. I'm afraid to say you can ...

Funeral for Death Cafe pioneer Jon Underwood breaks new ground

Posted Monday 03 July 2017 Written by Jools

Jon’s family have been overwhelmed by the love and support they have received from the Death Cafe community following Jon’s sudden death this week.

 

As we have read in so many of the beautiful tributes that have poured in over the last few days, Jon’s work was ...

Bardo gates a new visitor

Posted Friday 30 June 2017 Written by Saidosio

We ask that a breath and a pause and a bow be taken, wishing Jon prostrations on his journey.

Jon early on supported our Asheville Death Cafe and I enjoyed his tremendous impact in carrying out his vision

Message from Jon's friend Mark and how to help

Posted Thursday 29 June 2017 Written by MarkMorris

As an old friend of both Jon and Donna, and Jon's best man at their wedding, I also wanted to share my feelings with this wonderful community, after his tragic death at the age of 44.

In 2011, Jon came to ask for the help of his family and ...

A message from Donna Molloy, Jon Underwood’s wife

Posted Wednesday 28 June 2017 Written by Jools

As you all know the objective of Death Cafe is helping us all 'make the most of our finite lives'. With shocking poignancy on Sunday 25th June we experienced the finiteness of life at its most brutal. And more specifically the finiteness of the life of Jon Underwood, founder of ...

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