Death Cafe profile for mknight


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Newtown

Posted by mknight on Feb. 10, 2018, 7:12 p.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

Feb. 24, 2018, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Free event, but donations welcome. The cafe will open just for us.


Now taking place in Newtown

Death, that final processof transition which we all ultimately engage with, is an event in our lives frequently feared and often misunderstood.  

 

A Death Caf ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on June 25, 2017, 2:44 a.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

July 15, 2017, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Free event, but donations welcome. The cafe will open just for us.


Now taking place in Newtown

Death, that final processof transition which we all ultimately engage with, is an event in our lives frequently feared and often misunderstood.  

 

A Death Caf ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on Nov. 5, 2016, 4 p.m. 2 comments


Prior to every Death Café I find myself observing the same thoughts going through my mind.  Who will turn up?  What will the topics of discussion be?  How will people feel afterward?  Will they experience a sense of resonance with the conversation?  Will they like the ‘flow’ of the Death Café?  Will it be of use?

For me, it is a joy being part of the Death Café movement, primarily because it provides an alternative forum for people to talk about all things death, dying and the afterlife.

It is difficult to have these conversations in an environment which is open and inviting, which is one of the ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on Oct. 7, 2016, 7:01 p.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

Oct. 22, 2016, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Free event, but donations welcome. The cafe will open just for us.


Now taking place in Mascot

Death, that final process of

transition which we all ultimately

engage with, is an event in our

lives frequently feared and often

misunderstood.  

 

A Death ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on Oct. 7, 2016, 6:57 p.m.


Our September Death Café saw us meeting in our new venue, Platform-62, a wonderfully eclectic café, and only relatively new itself, situated right in the hustle and bustle of up and coming Mascot.

 

 Although you wouldn’t know that once you’d joined the Death Café, where discussion ranged from the board game Rebirth: The Tibetan game of liberation (available online from Amazon) to Sufi teaching stories of death and its timing in our lives, to the wonderfully entertaining Caitlin Doughty with her tales from the crematorium.

 

As we went around the group introducing ourselves, I was struck, as I always am, by the diversity of people who ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on Sept. 18, 2016, 4:40 a.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

Sept. 24, 2016, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Free event, but donations welcome. The cafe will open just for us.


About Death Cafe Marrickville:

Death, that final process of

transition which we all ultimately

engage with, is an event in our

lives frequently feared and often

misunderstood.  

 

A Death Caf ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on July 31, 2016, 12:33 a.m.


It was a small but eclectic group of people who attended our July Death Café, and as usual conversation was lively and energetic and spread across a range of death-related topics.  This included viewings, whether or not to have a funeral, the afterlife and, rather than normalising death, that notion that death-literacy is about re-normalising death.  Although people either left early or came late, which was somewhat disruptive, conversation still flowed freely with lots of laughter in-between.

In reflecting on the event later, I recalled some of the things Death Café is not.  It is not a method of community engagement, research or consultation and it is not ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on July 9, 2016, 9:32 p.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

July 30, 2016, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Gold coin entry donation in support of local charity.


About Death Cafe Marrickville:

Death, that final process of

transition which we all ultimately

engage with, is an event in our

lives frequently feared and often

misunderstood.  

 

A Death Caf ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on July 9, 2016, 9:07 p.m.


It seemed that the date for our June Death Café came around so fast this month that I couldn’t help feeling that it was only yesterday when we had last met for Death Café Marrickville, and this time as then, conversation was rich and meaningful, at times painful as tender spots were touched, open, frank and thoughtful. 

As is often the case, people brought all manner of life experience/s with them.  Some were recently bereaved and grieving, some worked in varying professional capacities with the aged or the bereaved and their families, and some were curious about death and wanted to explore their thoughts and feelings ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on June 12, 2016, 4:07 p.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

June 25, 2016, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Gold coin entry donation in support of local charity.


About Death Cafe Marrickville:

Death, that final process of

transition which we all ultimately

engage with, is an event in our

lives frequently feared and often

misunderstood.  

 

A Death Caf ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on June 12, 2016, 4:02 p.m.

Our May Death Café found us in our new home, Parliament on King in Newtown.  After a short break while looking for our new locale, it was a delight to once again welcome Death Café devotees to Death Café Marrickville.

As always, death-related interests and life experiences were diverse, at times challenging, and always conversational.  One of the impressions I consistently take away with me from Death Café, is how innately respectful people are toward one another.  This is something I personally find reassuring, especially in a society where disrespect toward others, which manifests in all manner of ways and situations, seems to be becoming more commonplace.

Although ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on May 20, 2016, 6:48 p.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

May 28, 2016, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Gold coin entry donation in support of local charity.


About Death Cafe Marrickville:

Death, that final process of

transition which we all ultimately

engage with, is an event in our

lives frequently feared and often

misunderstood.  

 

A Death Caf ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on April 27, 2015, 4:17 a.m.

A write-up for Marrickville Death Cafe - April.


Our Death Café this month took place on Anzac Day.  It was the 100th year celebration, and the ensuing week of media coverage and related conversation was rivaled by that of the attendees at Death Café Marrickville!


Discussion included news of Australia’s first body farm, the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research, which is to be located on a 48-hectare bush site in the lower Blue Mountains, an upcoming public lecture, Naming the Dead, featuring forensic scientists reporting on recent research, and the coming to Australia of the irrepressible Caitlin Doughty, mortician extraordinaire who will be speaking at a ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Marrickville

Posted by mknight on April 5, 2015, 8:57 p.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

April 25, 2015, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Gold coin entry donation (to charity) requested, incl cake, tea/coffee for minimal cost.


Death, that final process of transition which we must all engage with is an event in our lives frequently feared and often misunderstood.  A Death Café provides an opportunity for ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on April 5, 2015, 7:28 p.m.

A write up of Marrickville Death Café – March, by Michele Knight

Our March Death Café dovetailed with the NSW State Election.  It was a busy day in the community at large as it was in Lazy Bones Lounge, with animated and varied discussion between people coming from all walks of life and experience.   

As usual, people talked about what had brought them to Death Café, and how they had found out about the event either through word of mouth, social media, Meet Up, or one of the other on-line avenues I utilise.  People also talked about different events their lives, and one of the things that has become ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on April 5, 2015, 7:27 p.m.

A write up of Marrickville Death Café – February, by Michele Knight

Our first Death Café for 2015 welcomed the year in its usual location, Lazy Bones Lounge, in Marrickville, Sydney.  A combination of “old” and “new” faces escaping the heat of the supposed last day of Summer sat together in the now familiar overstuffed couches and eclectic surroundings to discourse on death, and of course to eat cake!  As the Death Café commenced, I couldn’t help but notice the contrast between what was taking place inside Lazy Bones Lounge with what was taking place outside; a vibrant community street festival. 

It seemed to me that it was ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on March 7, 2015, 3:42 a.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

Feb. 28, 2015, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Suggested gold coin entry donation in support of local charity.


Death, that final process of transition which we must all engage with is an event in our lives frequently feared and often misunderstood.  A Death Café provides an opportunity for ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on March 3, 2015, 3:59 a.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

March 28, 2015, 2.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Suggested gold coin entry donation in support of local charity.


Death, that final process of transition which we must all engage with is an event in our lives frequently feared and often misunderstood.  A Death Café provides an opportunity for ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on Dec. 6, 2014, 11:19 p.m.

Our December Death Café, the final for this year, once again drew people from diverse backgrounds, interests, life experience and profession. Sitting in our usual assortment of overstuffed couches and armchairs around a low table laden with cake, we were looked down upon by freshly painted vividly rendered Japanese erotic art which boldly decorated the ceiling. “It is the procreation of life; the perfect complement to death” my host of Lazy Bones Lounge had said.  

As always, the time flew by and as always discussion was free-flowing and moved along at a rapid pace.  What has become consistently evident across each Death Café is that people are deeply ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on Nov. 11, 2014, 4:24 a.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

Dec. 6, 2014, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Suggested gold coin entry donation in support of local charity.


Death, that final process of transition which we must all engage with is an event in our lives frequently feared and often misunderstood.  A Death Café provides an opportunity for ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on Nov. 7, 2014, 4:45 a.m.

Death Café Marrickville has come and gone again, yet echoes of the conversation that took place still resound in my mind. 

Hosted by Lazy Bones Lounge, old and new faces met and exchanged thoughts, feelings and attitudes about all things death. 

My impression of the afternoon was that it was almost a relief to be able to talk about death and to explore not only our feelings but the reactions of others toward our perceptions of death and our ease at its inevitability.   

As previously, discussion was free-flowing, agenda-free and non-structured and although the group was smaller in number this time, conversation ripped along at a furious pace ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on Sept. 22, 2014, 3:44 p.m.

Our first Death Café in Marrickville was launched in spectacular style.  Hosted by Lazy Bones Lounge, by night a Jazz club but by day open for Death Café, we met as a group of strangers sitting together in overstuffed couches, dim lighting and eclectic décor all of which was perfect for our conversation. 

It had taken some time to find the right location, but I knew I had when after speaking with Craig the owner about the possibility of holding a Death Café he had said to me, “what a great idea”.  And the rest is history.

I had woken at 4:00am that morning to bake ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on Sept. 22, 2014, 7:31 a.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

Oct. 25, 2014, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Suggested gold coin entry donation in support of local charity.


Death, that final process of transition which we must all engage with is an event in our lives frequently feared and often misunderstood.  A Death Café provides an opportunity for ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Marrickville

Posted by mknight on Aug. 27, 2014, 7:11 a.m.



With Dr Michele Knight

Sept. 20, 2014, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Suggested gold coin entry donation in support of local charity.


Death, that final process of transition which we must all engage with is an event in our lives frequently feared and often misunderstood.  A Death Café provides an opportunity for ...