Talking about death in Hong Kong



Lizzy Miles from Death Cafe Columbus and Megan Mooney from Death Cafe St. Joe recently visited Hong Kong to take part in the International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society presenting on Death Cafe. This coincided with the first ever Death Cafe in Hong Kong hosted by Ms. Pearl Tse, Ms. Carmen Yau, & Dr. Andy Ho.
You can read all about it on this page.

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Taiwan

Posted by CelinJheng on Oct. 28, 2014, 1:37 p.m. 2 comments


We made it !!!!

The death cafe is successful.

 



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Hong Kong

Posted by Carmen Yau on Aug. 28, 2014, 12:23 a.m. 1 comment


It's our third cafe in HK but the first time we hosted it without attaching to other events! Though not many coming this time, we still treasure so much the time we've spent together exploring the death and life stories and issues in such a friendly and supportive space. That's what Death Cafe meant to be! We need your support in making this movement going ~ let's learn about life fully through facing death truely!



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Hong Kong

Posted by Carmen Yau on Aug. 12, 2014, 11:38 p.m. 1 comment


It was a lively Sunday afternoon with nearly 40 participants in the Death Café Hong Kong on 27 July 2014. The event was held at the Love Soar Children Grief Awareness Expressive Art Exhibition.

 

The venue provided a warm and relaxing environment so that people felt free to express themselves and make friends with strangers around the table. All participants are local Hong Kong people and the whole event was held in Chinese.

 

We understand that Chinese may find it difficult to discuss about death. Therefore, we created some little paper rolls with quotes related to death and encouraged them to pick from the cup and share their ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Hong Kong

Posted by Carmen Yau on Aug. 12, 2014, 11:47 p.m.



With Ms. Pearl Tse, Ms. Carmen Yau, & Dr. Andy Ho

Aug. 24, 2014, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (Hong Kong)



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Hong Kong

Posted by Carmen Yau on July 9, 2014, 10:25 a.m.



With Ms. Pearl Tse, Ms. Carmen Yau, & Dr. Andy Ho

July 27, 2014, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (Hong Kong)



New Blog post: Caregiver strain

Posted by Columbus Death Cafe/Lizzy Miles on June 21, 2014, 2:05 p.m.


Found these two articles in the South China Morning Post back to back. I forgot the date. Sadly they speak to the universal nature of caregiver stress.  I am thankful that there are social workers like Megan Mooney who are working on interventions to support caregivers.  Megan's Caregiver Facebook discussion group is truly innovative.  At ICGB, we learned about other ways patient and caregiver anxiety can be reduced via mind-body training, art therapy or ...



New Blog post: Alive in the Mortuary

Posted by Columbus Death Cafe/Lizzy Miles on June 21, 2014, 1:57 p.m.


Found this in the South China Morning Post.  I forgot the date.  Imagine how desperate things would have to be to try to freeze yourself to death.  Egads.  This makes me sad.



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Hong Kong

Posted by Carmen Yau on June 19, 2014, 10:54 p.m.


The first Death Café Hong Kong we held on 14 June, 2014 at the Bijas vegetarian restaurant at the University of Hong Kong was historical and international event. With the support from Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong as the activating organization of this event, there were 40 participants from New Zealand, Netherlands, Singapore, US, Taiwan as well as nurse student, social workers and helping professionals in Hong Kong. Also, it was so great to have Lizzy Miles, Megan Mooney to join us. Although some locals were unable to speak English, some participants volunteered to translate in order to ensure the conversation and discussion ...



Special Thanks to Lizzy and Megan for their wonderful support and contribution.

Also, thank you for those who attended from all around the world. You all made this so special and international!!

See more at: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

It was on the news on ATV (a Chinese local TV station in Hong Kong). With the support from Hong Kong University, the first Death Cafe in Hong Kong was held on 14 June 2014. The main purpose is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people ...

See more at: Hong Kong Asia Television (ATV)

First Death Cafe in Hong Kong!  Megan Mooney and Lizzy Miles helped the hosts get it up and running and were also present at the event.  Not mentioned as much in the article, this event followed the International Conference on Grief and Berevement, so in addition to the local attendees ...

See more at: South China Morning Post

New Blog post: Death Cafe HK

Posted by Columbus Death Cafe/Lizzy Miles on June 11, 2014, 8:14 a.m. 1 comment


Wow... just wow.  So neat to see this sign at the ICGB Conference.  



New Blog post: Can Death Be Funny?

Posted by Columbus Death Cafe/Lizzy Miles on June 10, 2014, 9:44 p.m. 7 comments


My favorite place to buy souvenirs is the grocery store. It is relatively inexpensive to buy a large number of gift items.

The other day Megan and I came across a Russian Roulette chocolate "game" here in Hong Kong. There are 12 chocolates in the box: 11 are tasty, and one has hot chili peppers and will "blow your head off." Immediately I laughed. Then I started thinking about how I could buy chocolate without ...



New Blog post: The Dragon Boat Festival and Sticky Rice Dumplings

Posted by Death Cafe St. Joe/ Megan Mooney on June 10, 2014, 9:43 p.m. 1 comment


The Dragon Boat Festival is called Duan Wu Jie in Chinese. Jie means festival. The festival is celebrated on the 5th of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The dragon is an ancient Chinese symbol of auspicious power. Just like at a Death Café and other great events, there is also food involved. Here there are sticky rice dumplings or zongzi. The Dragon Boat Festival is a time honored festival that is held ...



New Blog post: My Talk With Raymond

Posted by Death Cafe St. Joe/ Megan Mooney on June 10, 2014, 2:46 p.m.


I went to Starbucks the other morning, my daily ritual, and started talking to a local named Raymond. I had taken some photos and asked him what they meant. We had a wonderful talk about death and dying and I told him all about the Death Café. He was very excited to hear about this movement and that there was one starting in Hong Kong. When we started talking about death, he told me about ...



New Blog post: It's All Good

Posted by Columbus Death Cafe/Lizzy Miles on June 7, 2014, 4:30 p.m.


This trip has not been without its challenges. The flights were super long and just as we would fall asleep, the flight attendants would come on intercom and make a series of announcements in three languages.  When we got to Hong Kong, Megan's luggage was there. For me there was a sign taped to a bin telling me to find a baggage person. My luggage was not going to in Hong Kong for another ...



New Blog post: Fear of the Number 4

Posted by Columbus Death Cafe/Lizzy Miles on June 7, 2014, 10:27 a.m. 2 comments


Tretraphobia, or fear of the number 4, is very real in Hong Kong.  The elevators are missing the 4th and 13th floors.  The superstition against the number 4 is due to its Cantonese similarity to the word for death.  Here is an article about a current local controvery with the number 13.  Note at the bottom of the article, they were succesful with banning the number 4. 

http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4559297-emotional-plea-for-13-richmond-hill-address-change-delayed/

Incidentally, our ...



New Blog post: Joss paper

Posted by Death Cafe St. Joe/ Megan Mooney on June 7, 2014, 9:54 a.m.


Today we visited a store in Hong Kong that sold Joss paper (also known as ghost money) and other contemporary/westernized varieties of Joss paper that included paper currency, gambling coins, as well as paper clothes, houses, cars, toiletries, electronics and etc. Joss paper are sheets of paper and/or paper-crafts made into burnt offerings which are common in various Asian religious practices including theveneration of the deceased on holidays and special occasions ...




I pulled up to KCI (the airport at Kansas City) to begin my travels and as soon as I arrived, the guy taking my luggage asked me about my Death Café t-shirt. I told him all about Death Café. I then went into the airport and began talking to numerous other people about Death Café, and death and dying. Many of them were so grateful to hear about this movement. As I continued my travels ...



New Blog post: Megan and Lizzy meet for the first time

Posted by Columbus Death Cafe/Lizzy Miles on June 5, 2014, 7 a.m. 5 comments


Megan flew in to Columbus today in preparation for our trip to Hong Kong. For dinner I took her to the Panera where the first Death Cafe in the United States was held.



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Hong Kong

Posted by Carmen Yau on May 26, 2014, 10:18 a.m.



With Ms. Pearl Tse, Ms. Carmen Yau, & Dr. Andy Ho

June 14, 2014, 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. (Hong Kong)



Columbus Death Cafe/Lizzy Miles

On Aug. 25, 2013, 4:47 p.m.


The first Death Cafe in the U.S. was hosted by Lizzy Miles (right) and Maria Johnson in Columbus, Ohio on July 19, 2012.

Lizzy and Maria are grad school classmates who discovered they both had a passion for hospice and end-of-life issues.

Lizzy continued to host Death Cafes in Columbus and has mentored dozens of other hosts around the world.

New to hosting Columbus Death Cafe in November 2013, Linda Manley is a nurse ...



Death Cafe St. Joe/ Megan Mooney

On Aug. 28, 2013, 11:14 a.m.

My name is Megan Mooney. I have an MSW and work in end of life research. I'm very passionate about hospice, palliative care and end of life. I've been hosting Death Cafes since March 2013 and love helping to take the taboo off of death. This is such a wonderful community to be a part of.