Death Cafe and Covid-19



Hello to all our Death Cafe hosts, both new and those who have been with us for a long time. 

We have never in our lifetimes had to contend with such unprecedented changes to our lifestyle, and threats to our health and wellbeing. Never has there been such a need to talk about death and dying, and we are not able to meet each other face-to-face to do this, with as yet, no specified end.

We would like to confirm that there should be no further face-to-face Death Cafes until we know from our Governments and World Health Organisation (WHO)/ national health authorities that it is safe to have social gatherings again. 

We would however like to encourage you to have virtual Death Cafes; some have been running for a considerable time and have been very successful. If you are a host with experience of virtual Death Cafes and would like to share your tips/ experience, we would encourage you to do so using the comments section below. 

Technology is on our side and there are a number of free ways that you could host a Death Cafe online:

Zoom: a popular online platform, allowing people to use video calls to speak to a number of people at once. You can also use a phone to call through if your webcam or microphone dont work. Its free for 45 minutes at a time.

Whatsapp: allows group calls with four people at once if youve all shared mobile numbers with the host

Facetime: if you know all individuals are using Apple products this could be a good option

Google Hangouts: app based, can be done on phone or computer, both androids and iPhones 

Skype: For those used to this platform which has been around for years, you may with to continue to utilise it for Death Cafes

If you need to get in touch, you can contact Jools by going to the contact page of our website. Please bear in mind that I (Jools) work full-time for the NHS and there may be a short delay in my response.

We hope that you, your families and loved ones remain well physically, mentally and emotionally during these trying times, and look forward to a time when these restrictions are in the past as a distant memory.

All the best,

Jools Barsky, Susan Barsky Reid and Donna Molloy

Death Cafe Co-founders



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Posted by vadronov


Death Cafe - North Texas

Perfect to see this today. I've just sent out a message to our North Texas community to offer a virtual cafe.


Posted by Patricia Ballentine

Thank you, will try.

I just came to the website to cancel our Death Café, and saw this post.
Firstly, thank you for clear directions, and thank you for working for the NHS, we certainly desperately need the NHS now and I am so grateful for all who are working so hard to save lives.
Not vey it savvy, but I will try to give this a go, it's an opportunity for growth.
And for those of us who are at home self-isolating, this is also a perfect time to put our affairs in order if we haven't yet.
Thank you for a great site with a great mission.


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