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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.

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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Some confusion re:guidelines

Posted by SLOcountyDC on Jan. 30, 2018, 9:14 a.m. 4 comments

Good morning!

my name is Caitlin and I’m hoping to start a Death Cafe in San Luis Obispo county, CA. I’m a bit hazy though on the guidelines regarding the dissemination of info and materials. I’ve sort of been canvassing folks in my area to get a sense of what they would like from a group like this and aside from having a safe and welcoming space to talk about death and dying, they all were interested in getting information on their options for disposition (cremation, burial practices, eco-burials, etc) as well as reading books regarding death/dying/grief. Is that not appropriate under the DC guidelines? I very much want to “do this the right way” so some clarification would be much appreciate!

thank you all for your wonderful work!


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Giving information

Posted by Chorltondeathcafe on Jan. 18, 2018, 3:59 a.m. 4 comments

Hi all,

I'm a little confused and am hoping you might clarify something for me.

I've hosted 8 Death Cafes over the past year, ranging from 12 people to 34, and it's become a regular event that the community looks forward to.

I'm a funeral celebrant but as far as I understand it, the 'rules' of the DC movement are that we don't talk about our work or give topics for discussion or provide information.

I have abided by those 'rules' strictly, despite wishing that I could share some of my knowledge, things I've learned.

In fact, I'm wondering whether, in order to share valuable information, I might need to call the evenings something else and lose out on supporting the DC movement, which would be a shame as I value it enormously.

I'm confused because this morning I have read (on Google) a newspaper report about a Death Cafe, run by a funeral celebrant.  (I don't want to post the link as I'd like to preserve the celebrant's privacy.)

The report says, "Tonight the discussion mainly revolves around funerals, burial and cremation – the importance of sharing our wishes, ways to discuss this with relatives, and curious bits of information about the rules and regulations on what can be put in a coffin: mobile phones yes, but the batteries must be removed; favourite biscuits are fine.

We discuss the merits of various types of coffin and I learn that people can be buried on private land – providing certain regulations and requirements are adhered to. Some people even have the ashes of a dear departed one made into jewelry or mixed into the ink of a new tattoo."

So, this sounds as if information is being given, and that there is a suggested topic for the evening.

Would you please clarify if this is acceptable to the DC movement, to lead a DC in this way?

Many thanks,


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Listing death cafe

Posted by Perth Death Cafe on Jan. 13, 2018, 11:31 p.m. 1 comment

How do I save a template to use for listing future death cafes to save having to enter information repeatedly???




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Posted by samtenchodron on Nov. 19, 2017, 2:01 p.m. 1 comment

I'm unclear about the follow-up for the Death Cafe.  Are the evaluations submitted in any way to  Is there any other post-cafe activity that would like from the host?

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Alcohol at Death Cafes?

Posted by Jools Barsky on Nov. 17, 2017, 3:34 a.m. 9 comments

Alcohol at Death Cafes?

Hi all,

I was contacted recently by an individual concerned that someone was offering a Death Cafe where alcohol was served.

My personal opinion (and from discussions that Donna and I had with Jon, his perspective also) is that it is okay for alcohol to be served so long as participants are notified that it will be available. 

I would be really keen to hear about your personal experiences of Death Cafes where alcohol was served. In an attempt not to project our personal values about alcohol (whether good or bad) do you think it would be harmful/ beneficial/ neither?

Please comment below, and thank you for everything ...

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Fife First Death Cafe

Posted by Gracebt on Nov. 15, 2017, 7:18 a.m.

Fife First Death Cafe

Hello All! Just wanted to update and say I held the very first official Death Cafe group here in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotalnd.

12 people turned up which was great as it was a nice little group who sat around the table chatting.  We covered a varied amount of topics which got people thinking.

I received great feedback as I handed out my own version of Evaluation/Feedback Form.  Further Death Cafe's have been requested so I am looking into that at the moment.

Turned out to be a positive experience for everyone involved.  Looking to try and arrange one just before the Christmas/New Year holidays.

Practioner ...

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Getting comfortable with death.

Posted by Janet Rivers on Nov. 9, 2017, 6:03 p.m. 1 comment

A question was posed that we were unable to answer satisfactorily for the guest.

What causes uneasiness about death and how to deal with that if you don't believe in the afterlife?

We all shared our beliefs and beyond that I am not sure there is anything to say. Any suggestions?

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Info leaflet

Posted by Chiara on Nov. 8, 2017, 5:48 a.m.

Hi there, 

I am hoping to host a death café in my area and I want to ask local cafés if they would be happy to have the events on their premises. I think I can explain the concep reasonably well, but I’d like to leave a professional looking flyer with a brief explanation of the ethos, Death café web address and my phone number.

Does this resource exist already please? 

If not does anyone have something along these lines I can modify?

all the best Chiara

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Posted by MsKidgie on Oct. 16, 2017, 11:16 p.m. 1 comment

Hi, everyone! I was wondering if anyone else has used flyers to help promote their cafe. I'm looking for ways to promote mine, the third coming this Novemeber, and I'd like to make some, but thought I'd ask you all with more experience first.

Graphics I think I have a handle on, but I am wondering about which description of what cafes are best. I don't want to be too wordy, but I'd like people to really know what they are. 

Thanks in advance...working on one now! 

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