Death Cafe write-ups

Carmel Death Cafe Write up

Posted by evoci on March 25, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

We had 12 people attend, and enjoyed a delicious homemade rum cake with tea and water.  Participant comments included:

" I was very touched by the sharings and by the ways you honored each one. It usually takes time for me to relax into a new group.. and i was feeling off center that day. But the safe container you created was helpful. I left feeling more at peace and more satisfied than i have in a while. Thank you! "

"Three words: amazing, enriching, rewarding!"

"It was particularly enjoyable because we had so many participants and, therefore, a wealth of viewpoints and ideas."

"I consider this Cafe my spiritual ...

Chambana Death Cafe March 2017 Write up

Posted by Sherry Gilles on March 21, 2017, 12:32 a.m.

Chambana Death cafe March 4, 2017 was held at the Unity Church and Spiritual Center in Urbana, IL. There were 13 of us and six people were new and, some were not. There were about four no shows also.


Three people found us through the death cafe website and several through public FB event posting. Also the church advertised through their bulletin as well.


Eve joined us at the last death cafe and this time brought cake. She is an archaologist with the U of I and  has been involved in human remains excavation in IL among her many responsibilities.


Deb is a minister at the church. She ...

Highcliffe Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Lis Horwich on March 15, 2017, 11:40 a.m. 1 comment

Such an interesting death café this afternoon with some very lively discussions with a large group of people including a few newcomers, which is always lovely.

Talked about funerals, the fact that there is a waiting time for a death certificate often, more than the 5 days dictated by law! What do we do with the ashes from our death relatives, they can weigh up to 6-7 pounds where half is the coffin. What about direct disposal, which means that the body of the person who has died goes straight off to be cremated or buried without a funeral ceremony. John Lennon was directly cremated, as were Anita ...

Death Cafe in Pullman, WA Write up

Posted by FriendsofHospice on March 13, 2017, 3:17 p.m.

Sixteen people gathered at the Old European Restaurant in Pullman, Washiington on March 11 for the Death Cafe. People appreciated having a local Death Cafe to attend. The topics of death, dying, and living well now were discussed and the 2 hours flew by! Treats purchased from Old European were enjoyed by all. Sponsored by Friends of Hospice and facilitated by Annie Pillers and Terrie Teare, the most often asked question was: "When is the next one?" Stay tuned! We will announce it on this site and on our website: 

Bath city center Death Cafe Write up

Posted by edowling on March 11, 2017, 1:29 a.m.

Next meeting April 2nd 2017. 3-5pm

Bath city center Death Cafe Write up

Posted by edowling on March 9, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

As this was our first meeting Sue and I were apprehensive as to anyone joining us! We need not have worried as the 2hrs swiftly passed with a dozen of us discussing a verity of related topics by our dynamic group! It was a terific mixture of personalities with a wealth of ideas and interests.

We all expressed a hope for more to join us in these monthly sessions! The more the merrier!!

Bath city center Death Cafe Write up

Posted by edowling on March 9, 2017, 12:12 p.m.

As you can imagine we were apprehensive as to who would join us at this our first meeting, we need not have worried the 2 hours went swiftly by as the dozen of us chatted away on many related topics! 
Sue and I were pleasantly surprised at the variety of topics brought to the table for discussion by such an enthusiastic group.
We all hope that although this is the beginning these meetings will grow and continue to be a wonderful friendly group all sharing and joining in conversations. Please consider joining us next month?

Death Cafe Cape Town Write up

Posted by Fustbariclation on March 6, 2017, 2:28 p.m.

I have just returned from my first Death café, at 'The Dining Room' in Woodstock in Cape Town.


There were twelve of us, with Sean O'Connor as convener. Sean did a first rate job of making everybody feel welcome and at home, and he managed the flow of the evening with a light touch.


It was, at times, very moving, to hear of the experiences others had had with death, as well as comforting to feel so much in the same boat - as, of course, we all are.


The time went very quickly indeed, which is always a good sign, and the cake was extremely good.


I ...

Chambana Death Cafe March 2017 Write up

Posted by Sue Klefstad on March 5, 2017, 7:24 a.m.

A group of thirteen of us (isn't that appropriate?) met to talk about death, lightly facilitated by Sherry Gilles. A diverse group, we touched on topics ranging from morphine against air hunger to The Grim Reaper enjoying his job. It was a delightful time, with good talk and good laughs. I'm so glad I went.

Death Cafe Cairns Write up

Posted by alyce on March 4, 2017, 12:07 a.m.

An article in the Cairns Post today has been a wonderful source of discussion for our event.

Hornby Island, BC Death Cafe VII Write up

Posted by Sylvia Sienikehä Elysiana on March 2, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Lovely gathering.

Hornby Island, BC Death Cafe VI Write up

Posted by Sylvia Sienikehä Elysiana on March 2, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

Another beautiful gathering -- great conversation spanning a variety of death centered topics.

Death Cafe in Lille Write up

Posted by Kulprobert on March 1, 2017, 11:14 a.m.

Feb 28 was Lille's 1st death cafe. It was posted on meetup. 25 people registered, 7 attended, the most important item discussed being the refusal of the French govt to authorize euthanasia, the right to die in dignity. People can't understand why Belgium has it but not France. One reason is Belgium is a relatively egalitarian society whereas France is very elitist: the elite can die in comfort, the rest often is obliged to suffer. A solution is to move to New Zealand where there's a club of seniors that builds its own coffins: cheap underground furniture. Read Michelle Innis' March 1 2017 NYT article. 


Comox Valley Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Dale Presly and Diane Palmason on Feb. 28, 2017, 1:24 p.m.

This fifth in our current series of Death Cafes in the Comox Seniors Centre was held on the afternoon after yet another unusual (for the Comox Valley) snowfall.  Fortunately the temperature had risen enough that the snow was almost clear of walkways and entries by the time participants started to arrive.


Twenty-one people joined us, with a positive mix of new-comers and regulars.  They are invited to seat themselves at one of the tables arranged to seat four, preferably with someone that have not yet met.

The hosts give a brief outline of Death Cafe principles, plus an outline of the format: sharing for the first hour, a ...

Death Cafe Newtown Write up

Posted by Melissa Halliday on Feb. 27, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Some courageous participants talking about the ordinary and extraordinary around end of life and how much easier it is to talk about death when you get to practise in a safe space like this; feedback expressed the hunger people have to talk about death and dying but the lack of safe forums to do it and their gratitude they can come to something like this. We looked at a range of areas from what to write on a Sympathy card (most agreed that people are generally just grateful you are holding them in your thoughts and don't want your opinions or pity so you don't have ...

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