Death Cafe write-ups
14 people attended the first Death Cafe held in Newport but we were pleased to welcome Marion from the weeklt Death Chat which is held at the Louis Mountbatten Hospice every Wednesday evening. Death Chat is run along similar lines and it was interesting the hear of their experiences. There was a lively discussion across a range of related issues.
After having facilitated Death Cafe Ocala since late 2013, the past year has been very slow.
We had hoped, that movping our meetings to the other side of town, where there are a lot of retirement communities, would have more people come and attend our meetings.
We started meeting in the Choir room of a church. Signed on with MeetUp, in order to make it easier for people to find out about us.
In addition to a monthly Death Cafe meeting, we spun off a second group with a less confrontational sounding name "Peaceful Passing", where we offer guest-speakers, or watch a video about various aspects of death ...
Fascinating discussions this November Death Cafe that ranged from the issues of being cremated with mercury fillings that pollute the atmosphere to being buried in a mushroom suit that breaks down toxic chemicals and other forms of body disposal that are sustainable from being made into liquid fertiliser or dried through processes such as aquamession/promession to being buried with a tree seedling in an organic pod that breaks down over time; spoiled for choices we are now!
Great group of 9 participants- all newcomers to the Death Cafe. We had tea and almonds and clementines and cookies and talked about dying green, creating an end of life bibliography, fears around death and a variety of other things. We brainstormed about how to get the word out.
Inspiring for all!
We have a beautiful gathering at Serenbe, GA and spoke openly about our death and the impact that some love ones that pass away have on us.
the importance in talking about death and that is critical to get familiar with wills and advance directives
We had a really fine evening of tea and conversation, cake and death talk! there were 37 people in attendance, and the conversation was enriching, respectful and encouraging. For nearly everyone, this was first experience at a Death Cafe. Several Death Cafe events have been held in Winnipeg over the last several years, but it was new to almost everyone. There was a great diversity of ages, from older teens and University students to rather elder retired folks.
We offered folks the opportunity to leave their email addresses to be notified directly of any future Death Cafes, and 14 people took us up on that. We are adamant ...
What a fantastic Pop Up Death Cafe we had today at the Boston Tea Party in Barnstaple! They were very welcoming and we were able to spread out a bit in the upstairs part! Sadly my co-host Annee Bury wasn't well today (sending lots of get well wishes from everyone!) but we had a fantastic turnout of 18 people; with many new faces! Thank you to everyone who came along and contributed to some fascinating, informative and far reaching discussions.
Here is some of the feedback:
'Thank you for a wonderfully stimulating event. Lovely to connect with some very interesting people.'
'Very interesting, I had ...
At our new venue in the Village Hotel in Swindon we welcomed several newcomers to our Death Cafe. As the circle grew so did the discussions. One interesting topic was whether or not to view the body of a departed loved one. We learnt that there is a game you can play called mortall based around a series of questions like 'if you were handed an envelope with the date and nature of your death in it, would you open it?'
What was really good to see was the respect that everyone had for other peoples' sometimes different views. Thank you to all and the next meeting is ...
This was my very first death cafe, coming as it did, just 5 days after my mum died of leukemia. It was a popular event as I reckon there was a dozen or so people in attendance. A fair few funeral directors or celebrants, people interested in all aspects of death and dying etc.
A few of us had very recent exposure to the death of a loved one, and I think we all got tremendous benefit from being there.
I personally realised that it wasn't too late to see my mum for one last time. The last time I saw her was the day before she ...
Tucson Death Cafe swashbuckles into 2017! A wonderful group of Tucsonan’s arrived at our new venue, Ward 6, for our first foray into 2017. Whether we grit our teeth or grin at death, the Grim Reaper finds hearty conversationalists in the Old Pueblo. We chuckled at death-busting patents of the past – like the 18th century “safety coffin,” which included breathing tube, bell and ladder - just in case! And if that appeals – modern variations on this idea are available today. We were beguiled by fascinating faraway holiday travel tales from the Paris catacombs, as well as the closer to home Houston National Funeral Museum and cemeteries of ...
Once again -- fantastic group, great conversation!
Eight of us discussed how and why Christmas is not always the season to be jolly for everyone. Interesting to hear that everyone has some sad memory around this time of year. Life does not stop or discern Christmas from any other time of the year. Christmas can actually make life unnecessarily worse for some! Roll on January!
Chambana Death Cafe was held on the evening on the fourteenth of December, 2016, at The Urbana Free Library in Urbana, IL.
There were six attendees; one could not appear in person. Four had never attended a death cafe before. Two were associated with the University of Illinois and death research is part of their jobs. One was also an Uber driver, one was retired and one woman, a nurse, stated she had authored a child's book on death and I got a peek at it before she left as her friend had it on hand. Finally the one who was in absentia had sent me a ...
Thirty people attended our first Death Café at The Dining Room in Cape Town – the perfect venue. Mostly strangers to each other, the feedback (gathered afterwards via email) was very encouraging, and provided some good pointers to our next café, the date yet to be confirmed, either the 23rd of January or 6th of February, 2017.
People arrived (early!) and had the opportunity to write a word or slang phrase for death on the wall, or mingle while they waited for others. Already, there was an excitement in the room. Everyone chose a random slip of paper with a number on it – this was the number ...
I have purposefully not published this blog until the Winter Solstice. The Solstice is about the bringing back of the light. I believe death cafes do just that. They bring people together to shed light on the darkness and fear of death. So, this blog is to wish all of you who read it a happy Solstice, and to remind you that even in the depth of winter and in the depth of whatever darkness you may experience in life, the Light is always there, waiting for you.
November is a cosy time to hold a pop-up death café on Mystic Moon. The sun was already sinking as ...