Death Cafe on the phone
The Teleconference went really well. We managed to have a great, polite and meaningful conversation even though we couldn't see each other! I'm really glad we did it.
- The importance of planning ahead
- How can we make burial green(er): Education, Advocacy and Advance Planning (conference flier attached)
- How to start a Death Cafe (Practice your elevator speech, garner support, approach the media)
- How to run a death cafe (Small groups, discussion starter questions, etc.)
- How to sell a pre-purchased niche at a cemetery (Call the cemetery and good luck!)
- Discomfort dealing with illness and loss and death (see about NPR spot)
- Be open, factual and kind when talking about death - such good advice in all situations!
- The three deaths we experience: death of the physical death of the body, the burial and when someone's name is mentioned for the last time
- Griefwalker is an excellent movie
- So is Undertaking Betty
- It's OK to Die, by Monica Williams Murphy, and Knocking on Heaven's Door, by Katy Butler are excellent books
- Sherwin Nuland, author of How we Die, died 3-3-14
And a recent NPR spot about how its normal to talk about death in LaCrosse, WI.
I probably will do this again sometime. Let me know if you're interested.