About this Death Cafe
Come join us to talk about our ideas, feelings, experiences and questions about death and dying. This month's meeting is part of Dying2Know Day, an annual campaign that empowers Australians at all stages of life to live and die well.
We will meet at 10:20 am for a 10:30 am start at The Lawn Bar and Cafe, 44 Ferry St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169.
Just like birth, growing older and dying are essential parts of living. Yet, unlike birth which is mostly heralded with joyful anticipation, we tend to resist talking about the inevitable fact that we will die.
We even avoid thinking about death when alone, putting it to one side ‘for another time’, or simply leaving it to fate. We may even consider that dying and death only apply to others. We live in denial or mindless of this truth and so limit the boundless joy of this stage of our life experience.
Yet, there is no escape.
In generations past, dying and death were much more out in the open. Grandparents lived with us or nearby, and kids grew up seeing them age and get sick and die, their bodies laid in waiting in the front parlour.
Death and the life lived were celebrated.
It's time to bring death out in the open. The best way to do that is to start talking about it.
Joining in conversations about dying and death over tea and cake is a tradition started in the UK over the last decade.
More than 14,000 Death Cafes have been held in 81 countries since they started in 2011. Here's what the official Death Cafe website has to say:
"At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.
Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.
A Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session."
Please arrive at 10:15 for a 10:30 start. Your prior registration is appreciated to ensure table set up and an on-time start. No fee to attend, just your drink and food to purchase.
Message me with questions.
About Suzanne Beveridge
Suzanne Beveridge, End-of-Life Doula, Compassionate Companion to those ageing, sick and dying. I want each one of us to engage in compassionate conversations about the reality of death and dying, so that we and our loved ones die with more love and less fear.