Death Cafe write-ups
Next meeting April 2nd 2017. 3-5pm
As this was our first meeting Sue and I were apprehensive as to anyone joining us! We need not have worried as the 2hrs swiftly passed with a dozen of us discussing a verity of related topics by our dynamic group! It was a terific mixture of personalities with a wealth of ideas and interests.
We all expressed a hope for more to join us in these monthly sessions! The more the merrier!!
I have just returned from my first Death café, at 'The Dining Room' in Woodstock in Cape Town.
There were twelve of us, with Sean O'Connor as convener. Sean did a first rate job of making everybody feel welcome and at home, and he managed the flow of the evening with a light touch.
It was, at times, very moving, to hear of the experiences others had had with death, as well as comforting to feel so much in the same boat - as, of course, we all are.
The time went very quickly indeed, which is always a good sign, and the cake was extremely good.
A group of thirteen of us (isn't that appropriate?) met to talk about death, lightly facilitated by Sherry Gilles. A diverse group, we touched on topics ranging from morphine against air hunger to The Grim Reaper enjoying his job. It was a delightful time, with good talk and good laughs. I'm so glad I went.
An article in the Cairns Post today has been a wonderful source of discussion for our event.
Another beautiful gathering -- great conversation spanning a variety of death centered topics.
Feb 28 was Lille's 1st death cafe. It was posted on meetup. 25 people registered, 7 attended, the most important item discussed being the refusal of the French govt to authorize euthanasia, the right to die in dignity. People can't understand why Belgium has it but not France. One reason is Belgium is a relatively egalitarian society whereas France is very elitist: the elite can die in comfort, the rest often is obliged to suffer. A solution is to move to New Zealand where there's a club of seniors that builds its own coffins: cheap underground furniture. Read Michelle Innis' March 1 2017 NYT article.
This fifth in our current series of Death Cafes in the Comox Seniors Centre was held on the afternoon after yet another unusual (for the Comox Valley) snowfall. Fortunately the temperature had risen enough that the snow was almost clear of walkways and entries by the time participants started to arrive.
Twenty-one people joined us, with a positive mix of new-comers and regulars. They are invited to seat themselves at one of the tables arranged to seat four, preferably with someone that have not yet met.
The hosts give a brief outline of Death Cafe principles, plus an outline of the format: sharing for the first hour, a ...
Some courageous participants talking about the ordinary and extraordinary around end of life and how much easier it is to talk about death when you get to practise in a safe space like this; feedback expressed the hunger people have to talk about death and dying but the lack of safe forums to do it and their gratitude they can come to something like this. We looked at a range of areas from what to write on a Sympathy card (most agreed that people are generally just grateful you are holding them in your thoughts and don't want your opinions or pity so you don't have ...
Excellent conversations today ... our first time meeting in a funeral home.
Wonderful reception and a really nice meeting place.
Outside the fierce weather front was passing by.
Inside, we heard nothing as the 17 participants in Annville's first Death Cafe were focused on one another's conversations.
We enjoyed cake, tea, coffee and home-made candy, too. And the participants decided, "We must do this again."
While outside a massive weather front was blasthing through, the 17 people who came to Annville's first Death Cafe were engrossed in conversation in "The Cellar" at the Annville Free Library.
We never knew the storm was passing because of the compassionate, caring and thoughtful conversations that were being shared.
Moreover participants delighted in cake, cookies, coffee, tea and delicious home-made candy.
As the Death Cafe drew to a close, the question was, "When's the next one?"
We had a lot of interesting discussion spanning a variety of topics. It was nice to see all of the new participants from last month return as well as one of our original participants. After greeting everyone and more introductions, we started our discussions.
The first topic began when it was asked of the participant that was diagnosed with Parkinson’s had started a dialog with the family about death in respect to what she wanted at the end of life. This became a segway into the importance of advanced directives, and the different forms one should have easy access to. The information everyone in Illinois should look ...