Death Cafe write-ups
It went well but I since we were only 6 I didn't explain or enforce clear rules about sharing speech, staying on topic and such...
And there was someone difficult to deal with on those fronts. I'll be a more active facilitator next time, I've seen why it's so important !
Apart from that it was great. People were enthousiastic, asked me about a next one, said they'd try to bring relatives and friends...
We jumped from topic to topic (grieving, fear of loved one's death, dealing with bodies, end of life....) as if we needed to speak of them all urgently. I ...
We had a diverse crowd, of approximately 12 people, attend the first Austin Death Cafe - North meeting at Monkey Nest Cafe. There were a number of "industry" people; hospice chaplains, hospice nurses, green funeral directors and green funeral alliance members. We had people that wanted to talk about how people feel about death and those that shared their experiences with death. Our first meeting seemed to lean towards the technical, but there is only so much "You should request a LOT of death certificates" logistic information that can be shared. Our next meeting will be June 4th at 3pm, Monkey Nest on Burnet.
Great Conversations at the death cafe last evening, it was a real privilage to be apart of this group, we all came away much richer for this time of sharing. Thank you to all how came.
Last Saturday 13, we started our session around 15:10h, in a lovely cafeteria named Cabra Negra (Black Goat). We expected a little bit more people, but in the end we were seven. Also our cake had some serious typos. Anyway, it was an amazing time.
We tried the same structure we did last time: first, each participant introduced themselves and explained why they had an interest in the topic of death; then we have an open and free discussion.
We order some coffee and started. The introduction part was quicker than we expected, and the reasons were diverse. There was, for example, a person who felt bad ...
Highcliffe Death Café had a little gathering yesterday, with one new member coming along. Many topics were discussed incl. the idea of “direct disposals” http://www.goodfuneralguide.co.uk/direct-disposal/. How to accept the process of dying, the hugely different prices of having your power of attorney, legally disposal of chattels.
The talk of the after-death experiences and nearly death experiences, look further at Conscious TV or subscribe to the weekly “Friday Afterlife Report” by Victor and Wendy Zammit: http://www.victorzammit.com/May12th2017. If you missed out on last night’s programme on BBC2 9pm “A Time to Life” - following the stories of a number of people ...
In Dying Matters Awareness Week we talked about things that we can do around death. Make a will, what poweres of attorney are, who are they for?
What had people talked about with their loved ones.
It was nice to welcome back 'old faces' and one new one.
This month we met at the same venue, but a little earlier this time. A few people had requested to meet during daytime hours and we had a comfortable turn-out of 10 people. Half the people were new and a few had been searching for us. The group was quite thoughtful and personal in their sharing. Some people returned after experiencing a recent loss. There is also some interest in expanding the Death Cafe in our area. Very exciting to see the Low Country Death Cafe expand!
Our most recent death cafe was held on May 3, 2017 at the Urbana Free Library in Urbana, IL. The library does not endorse organizations, topics or presentations but is kind to provide free meeting space for non-profits once a month.
There were a total of ten of us around the table. Several people were new to participating in a death cafe.
After a round of introductions the conversation covered popular themes like green burials, cremation versus traditional burial in a cemetery and the usage of vaults to keep cemeteries from caving in. Mushroom suits and being planted as a tree were interesting topics some brought up.
Great group -- conversation primarily focused on thoughts on life before life and life after death.
Despite unseasonable weather (cold, rainy) 18 people came together in the Lancaster Public Library meeting room for Lancaster County's fourth Death Cafe of the year.
Hot coffee and tea and refreshments combined with good conversastion warmed everyone.
We had 14 in attendence and 3 facilitors. The comments were all excellent, but it was suggested by 4 people that we should have divided the group in two. We will certainly do this next time, although the conversation moved around the room and everyone participated. The venue was perfect and the cake delicious. Everyone said they would recommend others to attend.
Eight individuals, including six new folks, participated in last Friday's Windy City Death Cafe. Everyone actively participated, bringing conversation ranging from individual experiences of grief and loss to the experience of being present when a loved one dies to messages received from beyond the grave. We also covered the variety of body disposition options available today and useful documents for end-of-life planning. Asked to describe their experience of a Death Cafe, responses included "eye-opening," "fun," "refreshing," & "communal." A truly wonderful evening!
As people left, many expressed thanks and appreciation to the organisers of this Death Café. Those attending came from many different walks of life and each individual held a different perspective on death. Some came with questions, others with recent experience of death; all with a desire to talk and listen to others in an open and welcoming place.
Those attending the session were a mix of colleagues, friends and strangers to each other yet the session was marked by honesty and intimacy.
Conversation, washed down with tea and cake, was accompanied by laughter, sadness, enthusiasm and curiosity. The topics discussed encompassed the physical, spiritual, social ...
The Near North Palliative Care Network hosted it's first Death Cafe on April 26th, 2017. It was a huge success, thanks to the over 30 attendees. We will be hosting another Cafe in September! Some of the feedback included:
enjoyable, pleasant, refreshing, love, informative, good sharing, enlightening, expanding, thought provoking, validating, calming, friendly, empowerment and comfortable.
We are looking forward to the next one.
A lovely time was had by all!
We were in one of the conference rooms this time. It was a wonderfully quiet room, and made for an intimate event.
Thanks to Roberto Torres of The Blind Tiger. Thanks to those who attended.