Death Cafe write-ups

Death Cafe Taunton Write up

Posted by Nicole Stanfield Caile on June 10, 2017, 3:49 a.m.

The first ever Death Cafe Taunton was held on Saturday, 20th May, at the Creative Innovation Centre on Paul Street. Nicole Stanfield Caile was the organiser. Over twenty people attended to discuss topics ranging from funeral plans to hospice care to ghosts to life goals. Delicious cake, gravestone biscuits, and hot drinks were enjoyed by all. In addition to the fantastic conversation, attendees also were able to view a bamboo shroud which was brought by Mrs. Stanfield Caile, as well as a beautiful rainbow wicker coffin which was brought by Wallace Stuart Funeral Directors. The event was so successful that there will be another planned at the same ...

Death Cafe Duluth / Superior Write up

Posted by Pals on June 8, 2017, 7:46 p.m. 1 comment

This was the first Duluth/Superior Death Cafe.  Hosted by Paul Schneider and Laura Star.  For our fisrt gathering we had 10 attendees.  During our introductions many topics for discussion came up.  Business/corporate/financial aspect; "questions keep coming up about death"; Honoring this part of our journey; reincarnation, dreamtime; truth, consciousness not local; fear was a good part of the conversation.  Fear of discomfort, fear of aging, fear of social ideals of death.  All just wanting an opportunity for open discussion.  As a group, we remained as one group for our time together.  Communication flowed flawlessly and open.  It was an amazing group of people and amazing ...

Sacramento Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Death Cafe Sacramento - Sandra Young on June 6, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

As the facilitator of the Sacramento Death Cafe, I was concerned last winter when some personal health issues and a death in my family presented challenges in keeping our meetings on schedule.  

As often occurs, a beautiful thing came out of these difficult circumstances...the Sacramento DC group stepped up to keep the meetings going, and right on schedule.  They exhibited a strong commitment to the goals of our group, and generously gave of their time, energy and love to offer a safe place for those that needed to talk about death and dying issues.  

I was reminded how critical and life-changing our gatherings may be for those ...

North London Death Cafe Write up

Posted by northlondonhospice on June 5, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

Our first death cafe during Dying Awareness week was well attended by 14 people. For a number it was their first visit to the hospice. Following an initial introduction, the group split into two - conversation, laughter and tea flowed and the event was a huge success


Vancouver Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Janet Rivers on June 2, 2017, 2:01 p.m.

We had 14 attending on June 01 at our Friends for Life location. We served ginger tea and an elegant chocolate anglefood cake. It was decided to stay as one group rather than split. The sharing got very personal at one point and we had to redirect the conversation, but in the end all the comments were very good.

Hornby Island, BC Death Cafe X Write up

Posted by Sylvia Sienikehä Elysiana on June 1, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

Lovely group. Talk on everything from advance directives to thoughts on life post life.

Kendal Death Cafe Write up

Posted by mikeanita on June 1, 2017, 3:55 a.m.

We loved the location at the waterside cafe which has a very warm and welcoming feel to it. It was very well attended with about 30 people. This led to it being run in small groups of about 6 people round each table. In some ways it might have been nice to mix more, but that would have curtailed the bonding of the small groups we were in, so mixed feelings about that. The conversation at our table was varied and interesting due to the variety of folks. We had a solicitor, multi faith minister, nurse, soul midwife and interested others! We would love there to be another ...

Death Cafe Grenoble Write up

Posted by Marie Vial on May 29, 2017, 1:21 p.m.

It went well but I since we were only 6 I didn't explain or enforce clear rules about sharing speech, staying on topic and such...

And there was someone difficult to deal with on those fronts. I'll be a more active facilitator next time, I've seen why it's so important !

Apart from that it was great. People were enthousiastic, asked me about a next one, said they'd try to bring relatives and friends...

We jumped from topic to topic (grieving, fear of loved one's death, dealing with bodies, end of life....) as if we needed to speak of them all urgently. I ...

Death Cafe Austin Write up

Posted by Heather Black on May 24, 2017, 7:18 p.m.

We had a diverse crowd, of approximately 12 people, attend the first Austin Death Cafe - North meeting at Monkey Nest Cafe. There were a number of "industry" people; hospice chaplains, hospice nurses, green funeral directors and green funeral alliance members. We had people that wanted to talk about how people feel about death and those that shared their experiences with death.  Our first meeting seemed to lean towards the technical, but there is only so much "You should request a LOT of death certificates" logistic information that can be shared. Our next meeting will be June 4th at 3pm, Monkey Nest on Burnet.

Seaton Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Gill on May 24, 2017, 5:36 a.m.

Great Conversations at the death cafe last evening, it was a real privilage to be apart of this group, we all came away much richer for this time of sharing. Thank you to all how came.

Segundo Death Cafe, Costa Rica Write up

Posted by Javier Morales on May 19, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Last Saturday 13, we started our session around 15:10h, in a lovely cafeteria named Cabra Negra (Black Goat). We expected a little bit more people, but in the end we were seven. Also our cake had some serious typos. Anyway, it was an amazing time.


We tried the same structure we did last time: first, each participant introduced themselves and explained why they had an interest in the topic of death; then we have an open and free discussion.


We order some coffee and started. The introduction part was quicker than we expected, and the reasons were diverse. There was, for example, a person who felt bad ...

Highcliffe Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Lis Horwich on May 18, 2017, 7:02 a.m.

Highcliffe Death Café had a little gathering yesterday, with one new member coming along. Many topics were discussed incl. the idea of “direct disposals” How to accept the process of dying, the hugely different prices of having your power of attorney, legally disposal of chattels.

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Swindon Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Sue Holden on May 15, 2017, 10:48 a.m.

In Dying Matters Awareness Week we talked about things that we can do around death. Make a will, what poweres of attorney are, who are they for?

What had people talked about with their loved ones.

It was nice to welcome back 'old faces' and one new one.

Low Country Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Jan Schreiber on May 13, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

This month we met at the same venue, but a little earlier this time.  A few people had requested to meet during daytime hours and we had a comfortable turn-out of 10 people.  Half the people were new and a few had been searching for us.  The group was quite thoughtful and personal in their sharing.  Some people returned after experiencing a recent loss.  There is also some interest in expanding the Death Cafe in our area.  Very exciting to see the Low Country Death Cafe expand!

Chambana Death Cafe May 2017 Write up

Posted by Sherry Gilles on May 12, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

Our most recent death cafe was held on May 3, 2017 at the Urbana Free Library in Urbana, IL. The library does not endorse organizations, topics or presentations but is kind to provide free meeting space for non-profits once a month.


There were a total of ten of us around the table. Several people were new to participating in a death cafe. 


After a round of introductions the conversation covered popular themes like green burials, cremation versus traditional burial in a cemetery and the usage of vaults to keep cemeteries from caving in. Mushroom suits and being planted as a tree were interesting topics some brought up.


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