Death Cafe blog

A week to go

Posted Thursday 14 March 2019 Written by bobpw

It is both strange and interesting to look forward to a shared conversation about death, in particular with an unknown configuration of family, friends, neighbours and strangers who have yet to give shape to that group and its discussion.  Who will come? Why or why not? Will there be enough ...

Dealing with the worst life experience: death of a loved one

Posted Wednesday 13 March 2019 Written by shirawinget

Life is filled with all sorts of ups and downs. However, one of the worst experiences in one’s life is the loss of a loved one. The scar that this experience leaves in person’s mind never fades away. It is one of the most depressing experiences. If a ...—Transforming the fear of dying into the happiness of living

Posted Tuesday 12 March 2019 Written by

We are based in San Jose, CA, USA and we are starting an art project called "Mementomorium—Transforming the fear of dying into the happiness of living".

The idea is to induce a deathbed-like experience through a short-term session in a sensory deprivation casket (a dark, quiet, and cushioned chamber ...

On death and dying

Posted Thursday 28 February 2019 Written by Drewski

I came home a short while ago from a night shift in a care home for the elderly and mentally ill. 

My last three hours were with a man called Ken. A year ago he was the life and soul of the unit, so I’m told. Now 90% of ...

East York Death Cafe - but why?

Posted Friday 15 February 2019 Written by bobpw

Our first Death Cafe at Woodbine Heights is still 5 weeks away, but I'm already thinking about it, pretty constantly.

This is partly due to the seeming incongruity of hosting a gathering to talk about death in a religious institution that is apparently supposed to focus on life, both ...

The challenges of talking about Death when you are young

Posted Tuesday 29 January 2019 Written by fuzeceremonies

When I was in my early 20's my young sister died.  People are not meant to die when they are 15.  I though only old people died.  It was incredibly difficult to talk to my friends about this.  They didn't know what to say to me.  Some avoided ...

Thoughts on Death and Dying

Posted Sunday 27 January 2019 Written by

Generally, in our day-to-day lives, death and dying is not a common topic of conversation. In our fumblings and mumblings when we do try to talk about death and dying - or listen to someone else who wants to talk about it - we're just not very good at it in ...

End of Life and the Search for Meaning

Posted Monday 24 December 2018 Written by JacobBrown

The search for meaning

Many, if not most, terminally ill patients experience a crisis of meaning as they approach the end of their lives.  They are often racked with feelings of inadequacy and regret.  Torturing themselves with existential questions focused on “What did I accomplish?”, “What did I really do ...

Death from Afar

Posted Wednesday 19 December 2018 Written by Anouka06

There is a particular weird experience of death and that is the one where you don't have the opportunity to say goodbye.

Although it might sound harsh, blessed are those who have the chance to say goodbye before someone passes away.

My family and I emigrated twenty years ago ...

Frequently Asked Questions about Funerals

Posted Tuesday 27 November 2018 Written by ChelseaEllsworth

Planning a funeral can be stressful, especially if a person dies suddenly. Proceeding with confidence is not easy when dealing with one of life's most difficult situations.


In the attempt to keep everyone happy, and honour your loved ones with the respect they deserve, it can be difficult to ...

A recent speech I gave on my death experience

Posted Thursday 15 November 2018 Written by NRGorb


Speech given by Ernie Schroeder 06NOV2018






What is your purpose? Do you have a purpose?


Have you ever thought about it?






Until September 1st 1975, I wasn’t sure I had a purpose. I’m not sure ...

From Fear to here

Posted Wednesday 14 November 2018 Written by CarolineDent

This is a piece I wrote about my journey of death anxiety :

FROM FEAR TO HERE BY Caroline Rosie Dent

The Buddhists say two things are certain in life:

We’re all going to die.

We don’t know when.

I shared this with a friend once, as he was ...

Loss of a Child

Posted Sunday 14 October 2018 Written by megnolaclark

Recently, there was a picture online that showed a young child in excruciating pain. The father, a photographer, took the picture of his daughter who was within weeks of dying from a neuroblastoma. It was a raw picture capturing her intense pain. It was taken to raise awareness of pediatric ...

Why Talking About Dying Matters

Posted Saturday 06 October 2018 Written by Luca123

Why Talking about Dying Matters

The importance of holding positive conversations on death and dying

There are some topics that you generally don’t want brought up over a cup of tea – the topic of Brexit is still carving family and friendships in half – but what about death?

Fear of ...

Death Cafe is 7 today!

Posted Monday 24 September 2018 Written by Jools

This is just a very brief message to commemorate today as being Death Cafe’s 7th birthday!! 

It has been a whirlwind and we’ve learnt so, so much in the last 12 months it‘s hard to know where to begin!!

Unfortunately I’ve had a pretty debilitating eye ...

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