Filmed Death Cafe Hampstead, London, UK

Hosted by Josefine Speyer


June 8, 2015

Start time:

7:00 p.m. (BST)

End time:

9:00 p.m. (BST)

To be held at a private location

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This is our 23rd Death Cafe Hampstead.

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About Josefine Speyer

Josefine Speyer is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with a special interest in grief, bereavement and death education. She was a co-founder, director and trustee of the Natural Death Centre charity (1991), an educational charity of which she is now a patron, offering talks, workshops and study days. A co-editor of the Natural Death Handbook (2005). A co-founder, trainer and supervisor of the Befriending Network (1994) charity providing trained volunteers offering support to people with life-threatening or terminal illness living at home, developed a death education course for the charity. For many years she was a supervisor at a local bereavement service. She hosts Natural Death Salons NW2.


She sees Death Cafes as part of the natural death movement, which embraces death as a natural part of life. She holds monthly Death Cafes at Café Rouge. Since November 2012 she has hosted Death Cafés at her home in NW London, in Hampstead’s Café Rouge, in Oxford and Lewes.


Sharon Young, has practiced as a Physiotherapist for 15 years both in the UK and Denmark before studying for an MA and currently a PhD in Politics and Human Rights. Having a clinical background has provided a practical insight and understanding of illness and the dying process whilst academic study has enabled her to see the wider social, cultural and political issues surrounding death and dying.



"Considering the pace of life and increasing individualism in our modern society, I feel that the Death Café makes a valuable contribution to demystifying some of the taboos surrounding death and dying. In addition, speaking about personal concerns regarding the end of life within a safe and respectful environment provides a level of intimacy, openness and honesty which is perhaps lacking in our community and networks."



Philomena Corrigan volunteers as a Marie Curie helper. This involves befriending clients with a life-limiting illness during the final months of their lives. She is also completing her training to become an End-of-Life-Doula. This role is similar to that of a Childbirth Doula who supports women at the beginning of a life. An EOL Doula is an ‘amicus mortis’ or friend at death. This new role is part of a ‘compassionate communities’ approach, that sees the end of life as everyone’s concern. 


Philomena retired after forty odd years as a nurse practitioner and teacher. She thinks that facing the reality of death is a great motivator for appreciating life, for living every day with gratitude. For this, and other reasons, Philomena describes herself as a ‘death missionary’. She will raise the subject of death and dying in polite company and discuss it with anyone who shows an interest!


Tom Schuller has been an adult educator for many years, working mainly in university continuing education. His primary interest is in how people carry on learning throughout their lives. He has just completed a book on how most women work below their competence level - the 'Paula Principle' - and is currently writing one about 'ages and stages' in the life course.




Salli Lovett, (ex-nurse, researcher and carer, Death Café host in Hitchin);


Heidi Twelvetrees (psychotherapist);


Bernie Folan (management consultant);

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