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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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Funeral Director premises as a venue?

Posted by ClaireBradford on June 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m. 2 comments


Hi all

I'm thinking about starting up a DC. My first one will probably be in the community centre cafe but when I mentioned it to one of the Funeral Directors I work with, he suggested I could hold them in their new premises when it's completed next year.

This would be fab, as they would have catering and parking and a central location - but would it be OK with DC guidelines? Assuming, of course, that they are not promoted in any way other than being in their premises...

Thanks!

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How often to hold a Death Cafe?

Posted by Nicole Stanfield Caile on May 30, 2017, 9:02 a.m. 3 comments


I have just held my first Death Cafe and it turned out well with a great turn out.  I am planning the next one and have booked early September. I only planned on doing this quarterly. However I am getting advice that it's too far away and I should try to hold one in July. I feel like people will be away on holiday and I too am very busy this summer. 

 

How often do you hold Death Cafes? I know a practitioner that does one everyear month, but I work and have a family and don't have the energy. I thought September would be fine but now worried it is too far away!

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Posting my next meeting...

Posted by Heather Black on May 24, 2017, 7:29 p.m. 1 comment


I want to past the details for my second Death Cafe. The only place I can find to do that is on the "Host a Death Cafe" form. I thought that was for craeting it the first time. Or, do I just change the address every month? - Heather Austin North

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Miscarriage etc.

Posted by emilygraham on May 10, 2017, 10:55 a.m. 3 comments


I'm a birth provider and I'd like to host a Death Cafe as a space for people to discuss fetal and perinatal loss. Does this fit into the Death Cafe ethos? I noticed that it was mentioned to not have a topic or a theme.

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children

Posted by profsarah on May 4, 2017, 4:24 p.m. 2 comments


We are having a death cafe this weekend and I want to find out what the rules and suggestions are on having children. My preference is to NOT have kids present. 

Please advise!

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Name lables

Posted by Brigid on April 24, 2017, 6:22 a.m. 1 comment


Hi

Our first death cafe is being held on 13th May and we're wondering whether we should have name labels available? Anyone else done this? Good idea or not?

We have three facilitators who we thought should wear name labels, but not sure if attendees would want to.

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