Death Cafe at Poole Crematorium

Hosted by Sacred Celebrant (IPHM) Ellie Brooks of Wildflower Ceremonies


Feb. 20, 2020

Start time:

7:00 p.m. (GMT )

End time:

9:30 p.m. (GMT )


Poole Crematorium

Gravel Hill




BH17 9BQ

United Kingdom



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About this Death Cafe

Those who are curious about death are invited to a Death Café led by award-winning celebrant Ellie Brooks of Wildflower Ceremonies on Thursday 20th February (2020).

Before the Death Cafe begins, there will also be an opportunity to go on an optional behind-the scenes tour of Poole Crematorium. The tour will be led by one of the crematorium’s expert technicians, who will explain the process of cremation from beginning to end, as well as covering the different types of cremation available and answering questions from attendees.

Following the tour, a Death Café will be held in the crematorium chapel, facilitated by Sacred Celebrant Ellie Brooks, IPHM, who will be inviting those of all faiths and none to join in a friendly, informal discussion about death and dying.

It is hoped the unique evening will encourage healthy, open discussions in the local community about death and dying, empowering individuals to consider what makes a good death and what lessons death might hold for living life to the full.

Ellie Brooks explains: “Ironically, the goal of a Death Cafe is to help guests to live their lives to the full. While Death Cafés are an informal discussion forum rather than a bereavement support service, many people find airing their questions and sharing their stories about death in a friendly, informal setting can be quite an uplifting experience.”

Liz Hall, Bereavement Services Manager at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BPC Council) said: “Dignified care in death is at the heart of the services provided by BCP Bereavement Services and Poole Crematorium, so we are delighted to be hosting a tour of the crematory followed by one of Ellie Brooks’ wonderfully facilitated Death Cafés.”

Liz continued: “So often we fear what we don’t understand, so we hope that by giving people the opportunity to hear and see for themselves what happens during the cremation process, as well as providing space to talk about death and dying in the safety of a Death Café setting, we will be able to empower individuals to have healthier relationships with the one, inevitable thing we all have in common.”

The ‘behind the scenes’ tour and Death Café are open to all and free to attend, though pre-booking is essential.

Refreshments will be on offer throughout the evening and small donations will be invited towards hot drinks and cakes to help cover costs.

To book your place, please visit:, or call Ellie on 07922 591684.

About Sacred Celebrant (IPHM) Ellie Brooks of Wildflower Ceremonies

Sacred Celebrant, Ellie Brooks, (IPHM) is the founder of Wildflower Ceremonies and specialises in creating stunning rites of passage for free spirits.

Ellie started holding Death Cafes following her training in Glastonbury, and is a passionate believer in opening healthy conversations around death in order to live life to the full.