Flagstaff August Death Cafe

This Cafe was attended by 31 participants ages 21 to 83, men and women. We enjoyed lemon drizzle cake and chocolate chip cookies. Round table groups of 10 each discussed various topics including:

  • miscommunications that can happen between the dying and their loved ones
  • the ways that grief can become celebrations of life
  • embracing the "presence" of loved ones who have passed
  • exploring the ways that avoid mortality (fears, belief in afterliffe, needing 'something more')
  • how to start a conversation with VERY reluctant family members about our burial wishes
We are joined today by several young students of psychology from the local Northern Arizona University. What an honor to have them be interested in talking about death! Here are some additional comments from our August Death Cafe:

*The depth of kindness in this group is extraordinary

*I enjoy the "attitude of gratitude" I call this my "fear reduction group!"

*I love that I don't have to explain what i mean when I say I have a "Death Cafe buzz!"

*The conversations in our group just flow into one another. . . it brought the 'mystery' back to me.

*We spoke about an interesting theory: that we choose our family and our death moment.

*We talked about the heartbeat of life and heartbeat of death.

*My final thought is of gratitude. I came feeling depleted, now I feel full.

*This event was respectful, heartfelt and illuminating.

*For me, being involved with death confirms there is something else after life.

*Today I learned that by accepting death, I can live more fully! It is freeing!

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