Death Cafe Practitioners Page

Finding Sponsors?

Posted by Jane Iskander on July 30, 2018, 1:03 p.m. 2 comments

I held a successful first session last week, success being measured by people attending, a lively discussion and positive feedback!

I feel strongly that Death Cafes are helpful and informative and contacted numerous businesses (mainly Cafes and funeral directors) but in spite of people expressing interest Ive not managed to secure sponsorship, does anyone have advice or suggestions to inspire potential sponsor Please?

thank you


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suicide reflection group ideas

Posted by Amelia on June 18, 2018, 4:56 a.m.

suicide reflection group ideas

Suicide Reflection Group


I have written down some points in order to make it easier to begin to talk about the subject of suicide.  These points can be used to start an informal discussion, and they are based on my personal experiences of knowing 6 suicides - my father, my step father, a teenage school friend, my father’s cousin, and two friends.  Although some women also take this path, all those in my experience were male, aged between 15 and 60 years old.  I have separated the points into 2 sections, and the Family section is in an approximate chronological order of what the family might experience once ...

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Milwaukee's First Death Cafe

Posted by Shantell Riley on June 15, 2018, 9:58 a.m. 4 comments

I came across this when I was researching End-Of-Life Doula profession. I am passionate about helping people have an "uncomfortable comfortable" and providing space to talk about death. This aligns with everything I would like to do. 

I am wondering how does everyone advertise first meet ups? 

I live in Milwaukee, Wisconson. 

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Death Cafe Powell River

Posted by spdheather on May 30, 2018, 3:26 p.m. 2 comments

Wow!  Hosted our first Death Cafe (forgot to take pics!) and we had 12 people show up!!  It was an amazing night, good feedback (some good, some concerns) and even "so, when is the next cafe?".  We now have our second cafe booked for June 19th, with a break in through summer.  There was talk about having guest speakers come from our local First Nations.  Anyone else been asked about people coming to 'share info'?  I've explained the whole concept (evening started out talking about the history of the Death Cafe's to give people a better understanding) but people are still curious about rituals and such.  Any suggestions around this?  Maybe just placing a poster at the Government House that the cafe is happening and if someone from the area wants to come, ask questions??  

Really looking forward to our next cafe, June 19th.  Thanks for your suggestions in advance.


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Death Cafe Mexico City Review

Posted by Ángela Barraza on April 24, 2018, 11:23 p.m. 1 comment

Death Cafe Mexico City Review

Hi, my name is Angela and I facilitated my first Death Cafe about a month ago.

When I asked for permission at the Cafe I chose, it drawed my attention that one of the questions they asked before agreeing was what kind of people usually show up at this events. Kidding, one of them asked if suicidal people arrived. It kept me thinking that comments like that –far from being mischevious, but rather clumsy– show the tabu around talking about death. 

Very few people showed up, we were only six: one was my dad, another one was my boyfriend, and the last person joined us after hearing what ...

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Posted by DavidAinslie on April 22, 2018, 5:36 p.m. 2 comments

Does it matter if a death cafe is held in a normal, commercial, cafe, especially if the death cafe part of it cannot be segregated from the main part of the cafe?

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How to host a large cafe?

Posted by Jackie Yaeger on April 14, 2018, 7:33 p.m. 1 comment

We have our 5th upcoming cafe in about a week. It seems that this will be attended by quite a few people compared to the others I have hosted. I will have the host set up tables with 6-8 chairs at each and it sounds like we may have 5 or 6 tables.  I will do an introduction to the entire group but then plan to have myself and one other experienced facilitator rotate around the room and trouble shoot. I am starting to think that I may need a facilitator at each table.  What do you all think? Are there some ground rules that I can give to one person at each table and kind of "deputize" them as volunteer facilitators?

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upcoming death cafes not appearing in search

Posted by Jackie Yaeger on April 12, 2018, 7:56 p.m. 3 comments

i submitted a form for an upcoming death cafe a couple of weeks ago but it is not showing up yet when I do the search.

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We are having our 5th and 6th death cafes this spring in my town of La Crosse, WI. There seems to be great momentum and a hunger for more information expressed at our Death Cafes.  I would like to offer some free seminars on death and dying at a different time and place. Is it okay to have a sign-up list for people who want more information on death related infomational activites in the area?  Also, what are the rules about posting about these events on the local death cafe facebook site? Thanks.



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Death Ed. - A public health storybook project

Posted by Death_Ed_Lund on March 20, 2018, 6:02 a.m.


My name is Jamie and I am steering a new public health outreach project on death and dying at the Institute for Palliative Care in Lund, Sweden.

The project is called 'Death Ed' and it tries to open up fun and creative ways to explore what mortality means, so that we can all feel more empowered to make choices about our healthcare in the end of life.

Our program includes Death Cafes, film screenings, public lectures, art workshops, and much more!

We have also started a 'Storybook' where we collect stories from diverse individuals and communities in Sweden who have something interesting to say about death and dying from interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives.

It would be great to get more readership for the storybook! Please take a look and share your thoughts on our blog. You can find the project at:

And please contact me if you would like to know more!


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Holding a Death Cafe tomorrow

Posted by jennyanngunnarsson on March 19, 2018, 4:44 a.m. 1 comment

Dear all,

I am holding a cafe for the first time in Gothenburg, Sweden tomorrow Tuesday March 20. I run a funeral home and so that is the venue. I was supposed to hold the cafe with a friend who’s also a grief councelor but she has now fallen sick. Instead another friend who practises family law will help out. I still feel a bit lonely in this and nervous, so would really appreciate advice and some pointers. I could of course call it off but I really don’t want to. Press might come and most importantly, it is just time to have these talks now - I’ve been wanting to have them since my mum died 7 years ago.

Look forward to all your prompt replies - thanks so much!



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Sue Starr

Posted by SueStarr on March 13, 2018, 7:10 p.m.

I am in the process of starting a Death Cafe in my small home town of Esperance WA. I have a venue and almost decided on a day, but I'm wondering if I can copy and paste a selected photo from the gallery to use for advertising and/or our own Facebook page of that's required. Thank you, Sue

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Being a better facilitator

Posted by DeathCafeSRV on Feb. 22, 2018, 7:26 a.m. 2 comments

We are interested in hearing from other Death Cafe facilitators on how they rein in a guest who monopolizes the conversation at the Cafe.  What are techniques or statements you use to allow other people to speak?

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Totnes Death Cafe

Posted by Dotalina on Feb. 11, 2018, 1:46 p.m.

Hi there, can you confirm please is it ok to sign post people to organisations eg Cruise, Samaritans. Many thanks



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QR code?

Posted by gloriamcunningham on Feb. 2, 2018, 7:55 p.m.

Found a location, picked a date, now the flyers and continuing to fill out the start a death cafe form.  Questions: Can I start to fill out the form and update it later? I've backed out of the form a couple of times because I don't have what I would like for all the facilitators. I don't want to delay listing or not have that info available. Also do you have a QR code that points to the Death Cafe website and if not can we put one on our flyers for our Death Cafe?

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