A Smashing Success!

A write up of Death Cafe Topeka

By Laura Burton

We had waaaay more people than we expected for our first Death Cafe in Topeka. Nearly 40 people crammed into our space to participate in the conversation, with a wide range of ages and expertise. We're brainstorming how to handle the big crowd for next time.

Topics included what it means to have a "good death," what's important to us as we die, and our culture's avoidance of death. The Death of Ivan Ilyich was referenced a number of times and several of the participants hope to read it before next time.

Participants also complimented the venue, cake and use of lovely vintage china for the tea and coffee.

A reporter from the Topeka Capital-Journal covered the event and took photos, with the group's consent. Article at: http://cjonline.com/news/local/2017-01-29/first-public-death-cafe-topeka-draws-30-people-discuss-mortality

Conversations have continued in our Facebook group: Death Cafe Topeka.

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