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journalists at Death Cafe events

Posted by hjyoung on April 21, 2017, 6:02 p.m. 2 comments

I will be hosting my first Death Cafe next week and a journalist has asked if she can visit to write a story about the event.  I appreciate what you've posted on this website about journalists at the sessions but I'm wondering if people who attend the event might be restrained or intimidated or even feel that they privacy is being invaded, even if the journalist agrees not to publish names. 

What has been your experience with this? 

Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions you can provide.

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Death Cafe in inner Melbourne?

Posted by Ocelot1771 on March 25, 2017, 11:38 p.m. 1 comment

Hi,would anyone be interested in a Death Cafe in the inner Melbourne (Australia) area?  I'm thinking of hosting one and just seeing whether anyone would be interested in attending one here.



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Finding a venue?!

Posted by Brigid on March 20, 2017, 9:22 a.m. 2 comments

Trying to find a cafe to hold a Death Cafe in Edinburgh (Scotland). I've been emailing a few describing what it's all about but no one has got back to me. I have been clear that I don't need anything from the cafe other than functioning as usual, just want their OK with the whole thing so I can put a poster in their window and advertise for it. Any advice on securing venues?

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Hastings & St Leonards Death Cafe

Posted by karen hayler on Feb. 21, 2017, 3:37 a.m. 1 comment

Hello, the original Hastings Death Cafe is now defunct due to personal reasons and I am the new organiser of Hastings & St Leonards Death Cafe in its place. I cannot figure out how to delete the old one to avoid confusion, please help. Thanks Daisy Lawrence

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A great problem....

Posted by Laura Burton on Jan. 27, 2017, 9:30 p.m. 4 comments

So how do you deal with a big group?! Tonight was out first Death Cafe and 40 people came! Wow! Our space can fit that many but I'm worried it's too many to really talk. Does anyone else have big groups? Do you divide them up?

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Grave talk

Posted by Cathryn on Jan. 25, 2017, 6:21 a.m. 3 comments

Has anyone used these cards? Produced by the Church of England to encourage conversations about death and dying - I wondered how they woudk fit in with the Death Cafe ethos, and non facilitating facilitation role

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Professional interest in death cafes

Posted by Cathryn on Jan. 25, 2017, 5:54 a.m. 1 comment


I am organising my first cafe in Leicester, and have had a really good response in the couple of days it has been live. However quite a few of the contacts are from people with a professional interest in death and dying - doing research, involved in projects etc. I am concerned that they might overwhelm those who are coming without an agenda. Any tips or experiences woudl be gratefully received!



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Host and facilitator

Posted by Bernadetta on Jan. 2, 2017, 2:26 p.m. 2 comments

Hello there and Happy New Year:)


I talked today about death quite a lot with a friend and realised how helpful it was to share the experience and stories.

It dawned me that a friend told me last year about a Death Cafe and that he would be interested if I was to start one:)


Here is my question:

Can I be a host and a facilitator in one person or doI need another person to be a host.

Sorry but that isnt exaclty clear for me so thought I'd rather ask.


Thank you and hope to hear from someone soon:)


Best wishes
 and love


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Qualitative research on the Death Cafe experience: looking for participants!

Attention all Death Cafe participants!


Possibly for the first time since its humble beginnings in September, 2011, research on your experiences of participating in the Death Cafe movement has finally arrived!


For those of you haven’t heard of me, I am a Counsellor and Behavioural Scientist living in Western Australia and currently studying a Masters of Counselling at Murdoch University. I have been running the Death Cafe – Fremantle group monthly since March 2013.


I am looking to interview 6-10 people who have participated in at least 3 Death Cafes (but not from my Death Cafe) on the experiences you have had. I will be interviewing you for ...

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first cafe

Posted by Barb on Dec. 1, 2016, 12:59 p.m.

Was introduced to this first at an IONS conference years ago but until recently hadn't thought more about it. Being active at a 60+ Activity Center, the director asked if any had heard of it and if they would be willing to host one there.  I am asking the same as another host asked (and I saw no reply); what are some suggestions, questions, etc. is getting the group conversation started

Thank you....such an important and seldom discussed topic

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National Grieving Day - Death Cafe 29th November

Posted by Treacy on Nov. 22, 2016, 7:16 p.m.

National Grieving Day - Death Cafe 29th November

Hello everyone, Tuesday 29th November is the darkest part of the year (with the new moon) before the return of the light with the Solstice. National Grieving day would like to invite you to participate in hosting a conversation around death, dying and grief on this day, wherever you are in the world. If you are drawn to participating, we can share your information to encourage as many conversations as possible. See information on poster. Looking forward to hearing from you, Best wishes, Treacy O'Connor, National Grieving Day

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Your help needed with BBC World Service documentary on Death Cafes


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BBC World Service are creating a radio documentary all about Death Cafes and are looking for Death Cafes around the world to record in. This would mean allowing one or two people to attend the cafe to discreetly record some of the open discussions and speak to people individually. 

They are looking to record between now and 13th January at the very latest and would be very interested in hearing from anyone who already has a Death Cafe arranged, or may like to work with them to set one up.

This is a great opportunity to showcase what Death Cafes ...

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Evaluation forms?

Posted by mburnside on Nov. 1, 2016, 1:13 p.m. 4 comments

Greetings, I am co-facilitating a Death Cafe in Lexington MA this week.  The facilitator's guide mentions an evaluation form though I've not discovered the link (or the form).  I am happy to create a form for our use, though would like to use a standard DC eval form if one is availabke.

Many thanks if you can direct me to it!


~ Mary Ann Burnside

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Upminster Death Cafe

Posted by Diane on Oct. 29, 2016, 10:09 a.m. 1 comment

Does anybody know of any people with learning difficulties who would come to my Death Cafe in upminster in December they would be most welcome.

Thanks for thinking about this for me.


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Hosting my first Death Cafe!

Posted by Avery Chase on Oct. 17, 2016, 3:32 a.m. 1 comment

Hey all,


I am looking into hosting my first Death Cafe here in Florida. 

I have a dear friend who hosts in Philidelphia, and amabout to start picking brain (pun intended) on how she started up. 

What are the first few topics, ice breakers or questions you tend to ask in the first few meet ups to get the conversation flowing?

Thanks and I'm  really looking forward to hearing some feed back! 


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