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Alcohol at Death Cafes?

Posted by Jools Barsky on Nov. 17, 2017, 3:34 a.m. 1 comment

Alcohol at Death Cafes?

Hi all,

I was contacted recently by an individual concerned that someone was offering a Death Cafe where alcohol was served.

My personal opinion (and from discussions that Donna and I had with Jon, his perspective also) is that it is okay for alcohol to be served so long as participants are notified that it will be available. 

I would be really keen to hear about your personal experiences of Death Cafes where alcohol was served. In an attempt not to project our personal values about alcohol (whether good or bad) do you think it would be harmful/ beneficial/ neither?

Please comment below, and thank you for everything ...

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Fife First Death Cafe

Posted by Gracebt on Nov. 15, 2017, 7:18 a.m.

Fife First Death Cafe

Hello All! Just wanted to update and say I held the very first official Death Cafe group here in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotalnd.

12 people turned up which was great as it was a nice little group who sat around the table chatting.  We covered a varied amount of topics which got people thinking.

I received great feedback as I handed out my own version of Evaluation/Feedback Form.  Further Death Cafe's have been requested so I am looking into that at the moment.

Turned out to be a positive experience for everyone involved.  Looking to try and arrange one just before the Christmas/New Year holidays.

Practioner ...

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Getting comfortable with death.

Posted by Janet Rivers on Nov. 9, 2017, 6:03 p.m.

A question was posed that we were unable to answer satisfactorily for the guest.

What causes uneasiness about death and how to deal with that if you don't believe in the afterlife?

We all shared our beliefs and beyond that I am not sure there is anything to say. Any suggestions?

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Info leaflet

Posted by Chiara on Nov. 8, 2017, 5:48 a.m.

Hi there, 

I am hoping to host a death café in my area and I want to ask local cafés if they would be happy to have the events on their premises. I think I can explain the concep reasonably well, but I’d like to leave a professional looking flyer with a brief explanation of the ethos, Death café web address and my phone number.

Does this resource exist already please? 

If not does anyone have something along these lines I can modify?

all the best Chiara

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Posted by MsKidgie on Oct. 16, 2017, 11:16 p.m. 1 comment

Hi, everyone! I was wondering if anyone else has used flyers to help promote their cafe. I'm looking for ways to promote mine, the third coming this Novemeber, and I'd like to make some, but thought I'd ask you all with more experience first.

Graphics I think I have a handle on, but I am wondering about which description of what cafes are best. I don't want to be too wordy, but I'd like people to really know what they are. 

Thanks in advance...working on one now! 

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Media requests

Posted by Jools Barsky on Oct. 6, 2017, 7:34 a.m. 3 comments

Hello Death Cafe community! 

We still need experienced Death Cafe hosts to be media representatives - ideally we'll have several people in each country where Death Cafes are held.

If you're interested you will need to provide the following information:

1: Your name

2: Your email

3: Your location (e.g. city, state, country)

4: Are you 100% confident that you know the Death Cafe guidelines inside out

5: Have you dealt with media requests in the past?

6: Do you have any relevant specialisms or additional information?

Please send the answers to the above questions via the Contact Us form in the link, and we'll add you to the list.

Thank you for your support!


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First Death Cafe!

Posted by bevldownie on Sept. 12, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

We have just hosted our first Death Cafe in Chichester and it was a brilliant evening.  Lots of discussion, laughter and positive comments.  I'm kicking myself thoug as I forgot to take a photo.  Is it possible to get a Death Cafe logo I can use for a press release for the local paper?  We are going to look to hold another in November.

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Death Cafe Porto Alegre/Brazil

Posted by Death Cafe Porto Alegre on Sept. 1, 2017, 11:14 p.m.

Death Cafe Porto Alegre/Brazil

Hoje será nosso primeiro encontro do Death Café Porto Alegre. Estamos felizes com a receptividade da população da nossa cidade. Acreditamos que falar de morte é muito saudável e benéfico para todos. 

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Authentic Death Cafes revisited

Posted by Jools Barsky on Aug. 27, 2017, 5:55 a.m. 4 comments

Authentic Death Cafes revisited

Hi all,


Since I have been managing the admin on Death Cafe and keeping a closer eye on things, it has come to my attention that the below is still an issue. 

Due to the growing awareness of Death Cafe and the inevitable changes we're now facing, it's more important than ever that we hold true to our principles and guidelines. So I am reposting the message below from Jon, which was issued in 2014. You can see the original here.


"Hi everyone, 

This is a post I have put off writing for some time.

Sadly there are people who are using the name Death Cafe ...

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Facilitating Question

Posted by deathdoulavt on Aug. 25, 2017, 12:16 p.m. 2 comments

Hello, I facilitated my first Death Cafe last night and it was a great turnout for our rural community.  The evaluation forms were very helpful with great feedback.  A few people suggested promts or topics to help with structure, which I know we don't do, I will explain that more clearly next time.  The other comment was regarding a person who 'dominated' the discussion and constructive criticism that I could have facilitated the conversation better.  My thoughts are this: it was our first meeting.  I think a lot of people initially feel a need to share their story with death.  As the group progresses, I believe the conversation will as well.  Further, the person repeatedly said that others refuse to discuss the death so I can understand the need for this person to discuss, or perhaps it is their personality type to self-direct conversation, I don't know.  Does anyone have any feedback on how to facilitate a situation like this?  

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Kubler-Ross, Moody, Adi Da and others

Posted by Teresa Hudson on Aug. 16, 2017, 7:49 p.m.

Just wondering if other facilitators have read/are versed in the writings of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross ("On Death and Dying"), Dr. Raymond Moody ("Life After Life"), Adi Da Samraj ("Easy Death") or Anya Foos-Graber ("Deathing") ?  It would seem that a good grounding in such wisdom (as well as witnessing end-of-life experiences themselves) would greatly help when leading such conversations/facilitating "Death Cafes". I've read all of these books, and have found them enormously helpful as I've helped loved ones through the death process.

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Art Question

Posted by deathdoulavt on Aug. 10, 2017, 7:04 a.m. 2 comments

Art Question

Hello,  I am hosting my first Death Cafe in a small community in Vermont.  I am designing a flyer and am curious about the images that other people have used for their flyers.  I have seen some that I would like to 'borrow', is it appropriate to contact the organizer to ask?  Are these peoples' original art or stock images?  Thank you!

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Death Cafe with discussion on suicide?

Posted by berry on Aug. 8, 2017, 8 a.m. 2 comments

Hello! I attended my first Death Cafe last fall and it was such a good experience I wanted to host another one in our community. What I noticed in the first one is that people were comfortable talking about death, but suicide remained taboo. I am thinking I would like to focus the conversation on this one around suicide, but is that too narrow a focus to maintain the guidelines?


Also, if I collect donations, can they go to something specific, say, a local suicde support group?


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facilitators role

Posted by Barb on July 28, 2017, 3:09 p.m. 6 comments

Is it improper for a facilitator is participate in any way to contribute to the group conversation?  We had a small group and some facilitators shared their thoughts as well with the group.  There was feedback later amongst the facilitators as to how this should be handled?  Your thoughts would be much appreciated

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DeathCafe vs. Bereavement group

Posted by mikekosim on June 13, 2017, 11:01 a.m. 2 comments

So I know that we're to make clear that deathcafe isn't a bereavement group.  Can anyone tell me when talking about your relationship with death crosses into a bereavement group?  I need to be really clear on this, as I am looking to host one.


Thanks so much, everyone!

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