June's Death Cafe Iowa
This was the 6th for the Death Café Iowa Group for 2017. We met at Caribou Coffee on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa. Carrie Bauer, Carmen Elliott, and Buffy Peters (members of the Young Bereavement Professionals Group) facilitated the group. We had 9 people (8 women, 1 man) in attendance and they ranged in ages and professions. Some topics that came up during introductions were: green cremation, cremation by freezing, wanting an ‘advanced directive kit’, sound wave tattoos and the app that makes listening to your loved ones voice via the sound wave tattoo possible, cremated remains in an urn in a stuffed animal (comforting for kids), what our parent’s wishes are for after they die vs what are ours. Some other topics that sprung out of those were: having a celebratory funeral, our own funeral wants and wishes, technology at funerals (live streaming funerals, drones recording funerals, etc), hair jewelry and crafts from deceased person’s hair. It was a wonderful night of conversation and lots of topics that want to be discussed next time.