Lack of bereavement support in city

Posted by Willyp on March 23, 2023, 12:43 p.m. 1 comment

Hi all,

The community centre I work at in Exeter is considering starting a Death Cafe due to Cruse losing lots of funding leading to a lack of provision in the city for people exploring grief and death.

Could someone explain to me the rationale behind why the Death Cafe has a clear line on not being a grief support group and whether that is changing in light of the breakdown in support nationally.

If the Death Cafe isn't quite right for our needs, would someone kindly signpost me to something that might be a bit more appropriate please?

Many thanks,


Hi Willy,

Yes we're very clear that Death Cafe is not a support group, as there are many of these available vs spaces for people to speak about death and dying. Providing a support group requires individuals with specific skills to facilitate, whereas there is no specialist training required for a Death Cafe, just the ability to hold a space.

I hope this helps!

Posted by Jools Barsky

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