Death Cafe write-ups

Death Cafe-London Ontario Write up

Posted by shancalv on Nov. 16, 2017, 7:52 a.m.

Eighteen people came out in October.  Most were new attendees and the mean age was about 45.  It was a very special night, as Death Cafes seem to be.  People voiced coming for a variety of reasons including:  to help them get motivated to get their affairs in order, for the opportunity to learn and understand, for the chance to share their experiences, and to help themselves come to terms with their limited time.  They left expressing gratitude for the experience, for the real and raw content, and for the privilege to bear witness to others.  Someone said they were surprised at how comfortable it was and another ...

Death Cafe Tameside Write up

Posted by Andrea Wren, Funeral Celebrant on Nov. 16, 2017, 5:13 a.m.

This event was a great success. About ten people attended, and lots of interesting discussions took place. Thanks to everyone who came, and hopefully the next one that shall be held in January will be just as good!

Death Cafe Vienna Write up

Posted by Alexandra on Nov. 15, 2017, 3:56 a.m.

Dieses Death Café war ein besonderes Highligt. Wir hatten "Ehrengäste" die extra aus Graz angereist waren. Wir hatten Aileen zu Gast, die extra aus Linz angereist war und wir hatten Jella zu Gast, die das 1. Wiener Death Café veranstaltet hat. Darüber hinaus hatten wir12 wunderbare, interessante und originelle Menschen zu Gast, die diese zwei Stunden mit uns verbracht haben. Für mich eine Bereicherung und ich freue mich schon auf unser nächste Death Café im Jänner! 

Death Cafe in NYC Write up

Posted by Oreet Ashery on Nov. 13, 2017, 10:44 a.m.

The meeting was at the iconic LGBT Community Centre building in Manhattan. We met at the brilliant bookshop called Bureau of General Services- Queer Division, where a freshly baked Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Maple Brown-glaze was served. The discussion was very deep and moved from cosmic speculations to suffering, beauty and superpowers to reincarnations, the AIDS crisis and activism today, all in the context of death. It was a rich conversation that combined spirituality, activism, cosmology, art, poetry and literature. Being in a building that holds an important value in the context of the AIDs ...

Death Cafe Orleans Write up

Posted by LydiaMooreDuPertuis on Nov. 13, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

Fourteen participants gathered on Saturday for the first Death Cafe Orleans. The sharing was at once brave, profound, tender, and even hilarious at times. The feedback was good, and inquiries were made about when we might re-gather.  I left feeling moved, refreshed, grateful, and envigorated about keeping the conversation in play. Thank you.

Hornby Island, BC Death Cafe XIII Write up

Posted by Sylvia Sienikehä Elysiana on Nov. 11, 2017, 7:43 p.m.

Another lovely gathering. :)

Death Cafe Knoxville Write up

Posted by Lorraine Phalen-Cross on Nov. 10, 2017, 9:24 p.m.

The gathering was a small group of 7. We had a wide age range, the majority being younger, in their 20's. Everyone was very repectful and inquisitive, and the conversation flowed fluidly for the 2 hours. We got off topic briefly a few times, but always brought it back to the main reason we were all there, to discuss Death and dying. The feedback forms were very positive, and the consensus was to have more structure.  I will do better to explain the rules at next month's Death Cafe. The skull cake I made for the event was a big hit.  I was caught up in ...

Death Cafe Vienna Write up

Posted by Alexandra on Nov. 10, 2017, 3:51 a.m.

... und ein Poster habe ich auch gebastelt :)

Vancouver Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Janet Rivers on Nov. 9, 2017, 5:51 p.m.

We had 8 in attendence and a very lively conversation. Most questions were around the new Advance Directive laws in BC. All good comments and delicious carrot cake. A question posed that we were unable to answer satisfactorily. What causes uneasiness about death and how to deal with that if you don't believe in the afterlife?

Portland ME - Death Cafe Write up

Posted by gina colombatto on Nov. 9, 2017, 9:07 a.m.

Thank you, Jon. Can't believe the first Death Cafe I hosted was in the low 2000s and here we are over 3000 worldwide later... Eight open-hearted folks arrived at the library. All but one were regulars (or have been to at least one Death Cafe). 

One friend (yes, they seem to become friends), was unable to make it and wrote that his dad had left/gone/died last week. He was grateful for all the wisdom he had gathered around death at the Death Cafes, which he said made it all the easier.

Levity in the death and dying process.

So much joy in the cycle of ...

Death Cafe Tampa Write up

Posted by Cat Martin on Nov. 8, 2017, 6:56 a.m.

Thanks for another thoughtful Death Cafe
Lovely to meet Janine and Stephen.
Great to see Anna and Dee again.
The Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple Bourbon whipped cream was awesome! (if I say so myself)

Death Cafe Leamington Spa Write up

Posted by gandalf_penny on Nov. 4, 2017, 12:04 p.m.

thanks to all for this afternoon.  It was my first experience of this kind of group, and it felt very honest and rich.  The mix of excellent facilitation, a graceful group - and honest sharing around questions around death felt really worhwhile.

Death Cafe Warsaw Write up

Posted by Joanka on Nov. 4, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

The group consisted of about 30 participants. I facilitated the event. The space was like a small black box theatre. The art space that invited the Death Café made a beautiful cake that was decorated with Hamsah, a Middle Eastern symbol for good luck. The cake and tea helped the atmosphere initially. First we went around and everyone said who they felt about death and why they came to the meeting. Then we went into small groups and discussed things in a smaller set up. In my group people spoke about how they are more worried about losing their loved one than they themselves dying. We also spoke ...

Death Cafe for family and friends of Arun (Sam) Zaman Write up

Posted by Compassionate on Nov. 1, 2017, 6:24 a.m. 1 comment


In May 2015, Hasina's eldest brother died, she led his funeral and hosted a Death Café. The theme that evolved was the journey of the soul.

Hosting Death Cafes allowed Hasina to experience and embrace difficult conversations on death & dying. Death Cafe attracts people from all walks of life who share their experience of personal bereavement, planning our departure, feelings about their own death and different types of death, i.e. suicide, accidental, baby/child to sudden deaths. Death Café is an open and safe space that allows people to explore deep unresolved experiences and can be a hugely healing. Each Death Cafe would have a natural ...

Death Cafe in Perth, Scotland Write up

Posted by Mc on Oct. 30, 2017, 4:35 a.m.

What a wonderful experience - genuine compassion and openness. It was such a privilige to hear about other's experiences of: supporting family members, fears and hopes for how to cope, how to talk to friends and family about our own mortaility and make plans that are meaningful for everyone. I laughed, I cried and I left hopeful that we are a community willing to support living life fully to the end and dying with love and dignity.

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