Death Cafe write-ups
thanks to all for this afternoon. It was my first experience of this kind of group, and it felt very honest and rich. The mix of excellent facilitation, a graceful group - and honest sharing around questions around death felt really worhwhile.
The group consisted of about 30 participants. I facilitated the event. The space was like a small black box theatre. The art space that invited the Death Café made a beautiful cake that was decorated with Hamsah, a Middle Eastern symbol for good luck. The cake and tea helped the atmosphere initially. First we went around and everyone said who they felt about death and why they came to the meeting. Then we went into small groups and discussed things in a smaller set up. In my group people spoke about how they are more worried about losing their loved one than they themselves dying. We also spoke ...
In May 2015, Hasina's eldest brother died, she led his funeral and hosted a Death Café. The theme that evolved was the journey of the soul.
Hosting Death Cafes allowed Hasina to experience and embrace difficult conversations on death & dying. Death Cafe attracts people from all walks of life who share their experience of personal bereavement, planning our departure, feelings about their own death and different types of death, i.e. suicide, accidental, baby/child to sudden deaths. Death Café is an open and safe space that allows people to explore deep unresolved experiences and can be a hugely healing. Each Death Cafe would have a natural ...
What a wonderful experience - genuine compassion and openness. It was such a privilige to hear about other's experiences of: supporting family members, fears and hopes for how to cope, how to talk to friends and family about our own mortaility and make plans that are meaningful for everyone. I laughed, I cried and I left hopeful that we are a community willing to support living life fully to the end and dying with love and dignity.
We had a great turnout for our inaugural Death Cafe at the Secular Hub. A great group of people sharing their thougts and feelings about death, being human, making the most of our time on this planet, and what that means to die when you come from secular frame of reference. We hope you will come and join us for next months event at the Secular Hub on November 18th at 4:00 p.m.!
I always want to say this was the best meeting ever, because they are all that good. We had eleven people, including a reporter (!). We spent time talking about the impact the death of a pet has on us and how, in many ways, it can be more difficult to process. That led to a discussion about disenfranchised grief and we somehow ended up talking about after death "miracles" and how loved ones who have passed still influence us and were fortunate to hear the personal story of a participant's near death experience. As usual, there were some tears, a lot of laughter and, of course, delicious ...
We had 8 people at this meeting. Topics such as assisted suicide, wills, legacies were discussed. Then one man suggested that he would like to talk about his own death - and his fears for the way it would transpire. A very interested discussion ensued!
Our most recent death café was held on October 21 at the Universal Unitarian Church in Urbana, Illinois.
There were a total of fourteen sitting around the table. One person was a "regular" and everyone else was new. People heard about this death café through word of mouth, Facebook event posting, and friends.
The start was awkward but people finally started speaking.
One elderly gentleman with a hearty laugh notes he has heart trouble and while recuperating from heart attacks his daughter who was helping him said "you are going to have a hard time dying." This was possibly due to the fact that he now has an ...
Our October Death Café was a bittersweet one to say the least. Carrie Bauer, Buffy Peters and Carmen Elliott (members of the Young Bereavement Professionals Group) are the facilitators for the group and this was the last Death Café in Iowa for Carrie as she has accepted a position in Colorado. Hopefully she can find Death Café people out there but the Iowa Death Café people had to say our goodbyes to Carrie.
After catching up during this Death Café we started talking about cremation jewelry. One participant recently had a dog die and brought some of the cremation jewelry she purchased online. That spurred an interesting conversation ...
Five people gathered on a windy and rainy Saturday for Talk & Treats Death Café. The conversation flowed easily and hearts and minds were open to each other. One attendee stated, "We are so lucky to be here (alive). Like winning the lottery 30 million times! We are just weirdly lucky to be here!" All agreed. Another person left with this note of gratitude: "Thank you sooooooo very much for this afternoon's incredible crack-open experience. What a gift it was.
Watch our website: www.friendsofhospice.net, our facebook page: www.facebook.com/friendsofhospice, and here on deathcafe.com for our next Talk & Treats Death Café.
A rainy Autumnal evening was brightened up by our first meeting with new hosts and a wonderful group of people.
We are lucky to have such a supportive cafe Cox and Baloneys Tearoom who fully understand what we are trying to do. We had a cosy room,tea and cake (of course!).
A quick introduction led into fascinating ideas,experiences, hopes and wishes towards life and death. Animated conversations sprang up and I was impressed with the groups sensitivity towards topics and each other. Conversations became profound, exploratory and there was also laughter....in fact time went so quickly we all felt we could have talked and shared ...
We met at a new location, the Heartland Unitarian Universalist Church, and 8 of us gathered for a spirited conversation over coffee, tea and an autumn cake. Topics included suicide, loss of our parents and society's fear of talking about death.
We will meet at this location for the final cafe of the year to be held on Sunday December 17 from 2 pm to 4 pm.
We were very pleased with this death cafe session and shared wonderful conversations with a beautiful group of insightful women.
Some great feedback was gathered by the group and included comments such as:
" The Death Cafe experience was open, enlightening and empowering"
" The structure of the discussion had a beautoful organic flow"
"The event affected my feelings about death with me now having less fear and have a more open mind"
When asked what they would tell people who were interested in attending a future Death Cafe the participants said:
"I would recommend it. I would encourage it"
" Make an effort... give it a go"
Great conversation and grave brownies.
30th September 2017
We had 10 women arrive for this cafe. The conversation was lively and passionate regarding preparation for end of life - what is our list of 'to-dos'; what are some worthwhile films to watch; why we are all at this gathering and can we have more. The time seemed to fly.
Our conversations went on over time and there seemed to be great interest in further cafes.
Looks like we might try a regular cafe.