Posted by Gill
Hosted by Gill Amos/ Emma Kennedy
April 25, 2017
7:00 p.m. (GMT)
9:00 p.m. (GMT)
The Arts Cafe
donations to cover expenses welcome
This Death Cafe has taken place
About this Death Cafe
Death Café comes to Axminster and it’s not morbid! At a Death Café people meet in a safe, welcoming space to drink tea and coffee and eat cake - whilst talking about death and dying so that they can get on with the business of living. The aim is to overcome the last taboo and any fears, to share experiences or just listen to others. We find that they are a life affirming, supportive and even an enjoyable experience. There is no agenda and it is a supportive environment. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
About Gill Amos/ Emma Kennedy
Gill currently coordinates three social inclusion projects for older people with the charity Action East Devon. She trained as a social worker 30 years ago and has been working alongside people going through challenging life circumstances and transitions ever since. Gill’s interest in Death Cafe’s comes from her own experience of supporting friends and family at the end of life and her desire to help others think about what does it means to have a good death for themselves and others. She is currently study for her Certificate in the Principals of End of Life Care.
Gill says “ The subject of death and dying is something which affects us all, but often goes unspoken about, for fear of upsetting or being depressing....This is a supported and safe place to have those conversations, there are no judgement or rights or wrongs, its even ok to laugh!”
Emma currently teaches Philosophy and Ethics in a secondary school, part of the current GCSE course deals with the subject of death which allows students to start thinking about such matters in a safe environment. However, as adults we do not often have the chance to explore these ideas socially.
Emma's interest in Death Cafés comes from a personal journey through grief and coming to terms with the idea of death.
Emma believes 'opening up spaces for people to come together and discuss ideas and issues around death, dying and living seem more important now. Death is a taboo subject and as such people are denied the opportunity to explore their feelings and ideas around death. Death cafés enable this to happen.'
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