Death Cafe write-ups
Whangarei's 3rd Death Cafe was held at Narnia Cafe. We changed the venue for this death cafe from the previously used Public Library to Narnia Cafe to make the access to food and drink easier.
The venue has a separate room which we were able to reconfigure for our purpose and worked quite well although was a little cool and drafty on a cold day.
There were 9 participants as well as the host Jo Moselen and facilitator Jo Samuel.
The ages of the participants ranged from 16 to 74.
We discussed a range of topics including End of life directives, discussing death with your famly, being ...
With small numbers due to holidays, we talked about euthanasia as a result of the current news feature on the baby Charlie Dark who English courts have said should be allowed to die and his parents want experimental USA treatment to be allowed. Somehow, we ended up at Christmas! Unfortunately, no mince pies!
Our First Death Cafe - held at Winton House, Petersfield, Hampshire, UK
(This report is written with a fair bit of basic detail, to include the type of information that I was looking for prior to running our first session, and includes the evaluation feedback at the end)
Thirteen participants joined the 2 facilitators Wendelien and Diana at Winton House. Some participants travelled over 50 miles to attend, and ages ranged from early thirties to the oldest at 85. Amongst the group were several retirees, some bereaved people also nurses, end of life doulas, soul midwives, psychologist and bereavement counsellors.
Participants were welcomed and offered refreshments on arrival and ...
Ein heißer Sommertag, die Stadt kocht und gefühlte 45°C im Cafe Prückel. Wir sind zu dritt und verlagern uns in den Gastgarten. Eine herrliche Atmosphäre breitet sich aus. Kaum zu glauben, wie gemütlich es sein kann über Tod und Sterben zu reden...
In spite of a sweltering July afternoon, 20 people came together at the first ever Death Cafe in Mount Joy at the Milanof-Schock Public Library.
Thankful for the air-conditioned comfort of the Library, participants openly shared their thoughts and questions during the two-hour event.
We hasten to say "thank you" to facilitators, Meghan and Jeannie; the library staff and the Death Cafe attendees for their time, energies and collegiality.
Yesterday's was the fourth Death Cafe in Lancaster County in 2017 - the next is slated for September.
A death doula, a thanantologist, a retired nurse, a few Quakers, a few people who had cared for dying loved ones and some people intrigued by the idea of talking about death walked into a room and were glad they did! We shared personal stories, tried to figure out why the death care system is the way it is, talked about death doulas and how to work with people who are dying. And then we enjoyed cake and kept on talking. We decided to do it again in August!
July’s Death Café was the 7th for Death Café Iowa of the year. For this meeting we met at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, Iowa. Carrie Bauer and Buffy Peters (members of the Young Bereavement Professionals Group) facilitated the group. We had 7 people (all women) in attendance ranging in ages and professions. Introductions seemed to focus on events that has happened in our lives since the last Death Café. We talked quite a bit about Jon Underwood’s death, funeral and the legacy he left behind. Other topics initially discussed were a member’s trip to China and the quality of ...
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 ...
Very moving discussion with so many present who had had a recent, profound loss. We also discussed our gratitude for Jon Underwood and the impact of his work world-wide. Questions and thoughts:
Is there a connection between our own physical symptoms and someone's death? For example, someone having very low blood pressure while, unbeknownst to him, his mother was dying?
How do we connect to those who have passed? Sometimes we get signs from them immediately and sometimes it takes a few months for signs to appear.
What do we learn from near-death experiences? Many of us have had them, not alwasy in the dramatic form we ...
This Death Cafe was very enlightening about what people percieve as success in life, and how the preceding generation to ours found attachment in things over experience. We discussed how anxiety can prevent people from living, and how our attachment to things can do the same. We talked about the surprise of death, or how people will allow themselves to seem more needy than they might be because they're afraid of being forgotten if they stop needing help.
Our group is beautiful and sweet, and I believe most of us left with thoughts on how we can minimalize our belongings to the imortant things and leave our ...
A truly beautiful gathering.
This was a smaller group with just 10, but lively conversation. Comments all good and cake delicious. We will take a break over the summer and are planning a fall series.
Our gathering last night was held in honor of Jon Underwood. Great grattitude was expressed for his work and the continuation of Death Cafe. It seems as though people want to talk about death, and are gratefull to have the place to do it. New comers were present and the conversation was very interesting and flowing. Topics of fear, connecting with the Ancesters, soul fragmentation, and reincarnation were brought up and discussed. The idea of having the funeral before death was brought up. Physco Drama was talked about. All in all, it was another fascinating gathering with very interesting conversation. And of course, the cake and tea was ...
We met as usual at Costa Coffee in Rushey Green Catford SE6.
There were only three of us on this occasion but we discussed, needless to say, the terrible Grenfell Tower tragedy and the impact of sudden death upon victims and their relatives and friends.
We had a newcomer, who has attended a number of different DCs around London, and his input, and experiences of the other DCs was much welcomed.
The next day I learnt of the sudden and unexpected death of the founder of the DC movement, Jon Underwood.
He was only 44 years old and had shown no signs of illness before he died.