Death Cafe at Cafe Rouge in Hampstead, London

Hosted by Josefine Speyer with assistance from Sharon Young and Philomena Corrigan


May 12, 2014

Start time:

4:30 p.m. (BST)

End time:

6:30 p.m. (BST)


38-39 High Street Hampstead, London


United Kingdom


The event is free, but donations are welcome!

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About this Death Cafe

Sorry, we are fully booked!

If you have booked and are not able to attend, please let us know. We are running a waiting list.

This Death Cafe is part of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2014!

It is also the first anniversary of monthly Death Cafes at Cafe Rouge!

Please arrive early and place your order with our waiter so we can start the conversation without too many disruptions soon after 4.30pm.

Feedback from participants:

“An exciting, compassionate and welcoming, healing space. A most enlivening afternoon at the marvellous Death Café!”

“A liberating experience. Made me feel free to think and talk about my death and that of others.”

“An opportunity to talk honestly with strangers about what matters."


"The conversation, the camaraderie and the intimacy have been a real blessing and have helped me move forward on my own journey towards accepting death and embracing it as an integral and necessary part of life. As Steve Jobs said, 'Death is the destination we all share'. So don't let's run from it - let's celebrate it!"


About Josefine Speyer with assistance from Sharon Young and Philomena Corrigan

Josefine Speyer is a psychotherapist in private practice in London since 1985. With her husband Nicholas Albery she founded the Natural Death Centre in 1991, an educational charity of which she is now a patron (
Josefine specialises in death education workshops, study days and Natural Death Salons to help people think and talk about death as a natural part of life and to educate them about choices. She holds monthly Death Cafés at Cafe Rouge in Hampstead and elsewhere.

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."
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 last year, after forty odd years as a nurse practitioner and teacher.

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