Cambridge MA Death Cafe with Poet, Amanda Shea

Hosted by Mount Auburn Cemetery


April 15, 2023

Start time:

5:30 p.m. (EST)

End time:

7:00 p.m. (EST)


Bigelow Chapel

580 Mt Auburn St.

Cambridge, MA


United States



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About this Death Cafe

Join us for a Death Cafe after our "Poetry for Grief and Healing" workshop with Amanda Shea. 

Registration IS required for the poetry workshop (starting at 3:30pm), but attendence to the Death Cafe (starting at 5:30pm) is free and open.

Following the model developed by Jon Underwood (based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz), a Death Café is an opportunity for people to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death. The goal is to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”

The Spring is an ideal time to reflect on the cycle life and death as we circle through growth and rebirth and prepare for the eventual leaf-fall and decay of Autumn.

At Mount Auburn’s Death Café, attendees will have the opportunity to speak in both large and small group settings and have organic and meaningful discussions on mortality. Tea and Cupcakes will be served.

No registration is required for this Death Café: seats are available on a first come first serve basis. Meet in Bigelow Chapel

This is not an end-of-life planning event, bereavement group, or grief counseling. We hope that you will come with an open mind, prepared to discuss the topic of death with strangers in a safe, respectful environment.

About Mount Auburn Cemetery

MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public parks. Still an active burial place, Mount Auburn Cemetery provides comfort and solace to countless families. 


AMANDA SHEA is a renowned spoken-word poet and multidisciplinary artist, educator, artivist, publicist (Brandie Blaze), and mother. She has hosted numerous poetry events, including BAMSFest (Boston Art & Music Soul Festival), a nonprofit organization that breaks down racial and social barriers to arts, music, and culture across Greater Boston. She also co-founded and curated five iterations of Activating ARTivism, a community festival to amplify POC through art, activism, and resistance.

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