Death Cafe profile for Justin Magnuson


Location: United States

http://www.globalhumanproject.net/end-of-life-conversations.html

About Justin Magnuson:

Very curious.

Student of the condition. 

Bad at Haiku. 


What brings you to Death Cafe?

I'm endlessly fascinated with the cultural reluctance to embrace our mortality. An interview Lizzy Miles conducted on NPR in 2012 encouraged me to host my first one and I've been doing it sporadically ever sense.  

 

I love the simplicity of the Death Cafe format and learn something every time I host one. It almost brings tears to my eyes when an attendee says something quite personal and realizes they are not alone.  


What would you like your legacy to be?

I would love to create enough change around death and dying that when I die I'm part of a vibrant community that knows how to embrace the end-of-life.  


Thoughts for sharing:

Fear is the mind killer. -Frank Herbert




Justin Magnuson's posts on the Death Cafe website


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Louisville (Southern Indiana)

Posted by Justin Magnuson on May 8, 2017, 10:20 p.m.



With Justin Magnuson

June 12, 2017, 6.00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard)

Free


Justin is excited to partner with the Mid-America College of Funeral Service to host a Death Cafe. This will be a straight forward cafe, no agenda or speaker. Expect a ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Louisville (Southern Indiana)

Posted by Justin Magnuson on Feb. 12, 2017, 7:50 p.m.



With Justin Magnuson

March 27, 2017, 6.00 p.m. - 7.15 p.m. (Eastern Standard)

Free


Justin is excited to partner with the Mid-America College of Funeral Service to host a Death Cafe. This will be a straight forward cafe, no agenda or speaker. Expect a ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Louisville

Posted by Justin Magnuson on March 27, 2016, 11:57 a.m.



With Justin Magnuson

April 20, 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (EST)

Donations accepted to cover the cost of refreshments and to support The Loft.


No agenda. No speaker. Expect a lively discussion and cake. 



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Louisville

Posted by Justin Magnuson on May 28, 2015, 2:28 p.m.



With Justin Magnuson

June 16, 2015, 7.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (EST)

Donations are accepted to cover the costs of refreshments.


The typical format will be quick introducitons of why the participants are there and then let it go from there. Plus there's cake and tea.



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Louisville

Posted by Justin Magnuson on March 1, 2015, 4:31 p.m.

This was the first cafe of the year, each cafe I learn a little more about being a host for Death Cafe Louisville. This cafe was the first one not promoted by Rainbow Blossom, the location we are currently using, so this is a piece of the puzzle that provided a little challenge. 

We had four participants plus two hosts, which provided plenty of opportunity for participation. We discussed many aspects of death, but the main threads revolved around "knowing" when to transition from curative treatment to palliative care and creating community to care for each other as we age.

Another memorable part of the conversation was being ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Louisville

Posted by Justin Magnuson on Feb. 9, 2015, 8:17 p.m.



With Justin Magnuson and Karen Hamilton

Feb. 27, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 8.15 p.m. (Eastern)

Donations accepted for refreshments and supplies


 Death Cafes are an opportunity for people to gather, eat cake, and talk about death. Donations are accepted to cover refreshments and supplies.



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Louisville

Posted by Justin Magnuson on Nov. 3, 2014, 7:48 a.m.


With Justin Magnuson and Karen Hamilton

Dec. 15, 2014, 7.00 p.m. - 8.15 p.m. (EST)

Donations cover costs of refreshments


Death Cafes at Rainbow Blossom have been very eclectic. The conversations have covered almost every topic imaginable related to death and dying, this is one of things that keep Justin ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Louisville

Posted by Justin Magnuson on Aug. 17, 2014, 3:45 p.m.

Death Cafe Louisville hosted its third cafe in the community room of Rainbow Blossom. Like the previous cafes there was a large mix of ages, interests, and attendance was between 15-20. 

We split into two groups and it seems each group had completely different conversations. The group I facilitated talked about everything from books, to cultural expectations, a group members recent bereavement, and a young man who is a pallbearer at the local potter's field.

The other group talked about personal loss as well, but also spirits and they seemed to laugh more than my group. We are realizing the acoustics of the room make it difficult ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Louisville

Posted by Justin Magnuson on July 7, 2014, 12:49 p.m.



With Justin Magnuson and Karen Hamilton

Aug. 8, 2014, 7.00 p.m. - 8.15 p.m. (EST)

Donations will cover the cost of refreshments.


Death Cafes are an opportunity for people to gather, eat cake, and talk about death. These not-for-profit events are not intended "to lead people to any conclusion other than to ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Louisville

Posted by Justin Magnuson on July 7, 2014, 12:47 p.m.

This was the second death cafe hosted at Rainbow Blossom and it's so surprising how different the conversation was from the first one. There were 15 people in attendance, so we split into two groups, I thought the arrangement worked well, but the accoustics of the room were challenging with two groups.

The group I facilitated talked about everything from being with the actively dying, grief, laughing at funerals, to what we would want our funeral to be like. The other group was facilitated by a participant of the last cafe, Karen. She reported a positive experience and a lively discussion as well. 

One of the participants ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Louisville

Posted by Justin Magnuson on May 1, 2014, 2:36 p.m.



With Justin Magnuson and Karen Hamilton

June 13, 2014, 7.00 p.m. - 8.15 p.m. (EST)

Donations will cover the cost of refreshments.


Death Cafes are an opportunity for people to gather, eat cake, and talk about death. These not-for-profit events are not intended "to lead people to any conclusion other than to ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Louisville

Posted by Justin Magnuson on April 8, 2014, 2:34 p.m.



With Justin Magnuson

April 18, 2014, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Eastern)

Refreshments


Justin first heard an interview with Lizzy Miles on NPR and knew he wanted to get involved with Death Cafe. After hosting the first Death Cafe in a small invitation ...



Death Cafe write up: Louisville's 1st Death Cafe

Posted by Justin Magnuson on Feb. 20, 2014, 8:17 p.m.


Louisville's first Death Cafe went off without a hitch! It was a small, invitation only, group, but the conversation moved easily over a myriad of topics in the 90 minute session. 

Although much of the discussion revolved around the perception that the medical field has played a large role in our cultural disconnect from death there was still several personal themes and stories that emerged. I had some trepidation about moderating potential conflict or establishing boundaries, but overall the time passed very quickly and everyone in attendance participated. 

When it was time to close several people stayed and talked, closing ideas and offering topics for "next time ...



Death Cafe: Louisville's 1st Death Cafe

Posted by Justin Magnuson on Jan. 17, 2014, 4:51 p.m.



With Justin Magnuson and Stephanie Barnett

Feb. 12, 2014, 7.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Eastern)

free


Justin knew he wanted to host a Death Cafe after hearing Lizzy give an interview on NPR. A month later he was involved in a conversation about hospice care with ...