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Ice Breakers

Posted by Beth Maher on Jan. 28, 2019, 7:14 p.m. 1 comment

Ice Breakers

I am hosting my first death cafe this week and would appreciate ideas of how to get a conversation going. I plan to start by reminding the participants that this is not a grief support group.  I thought I would then ask folks what inspired them to come to the cafe and then see where it goes.  Any suggestions  of how to start the conversation from more experienced practitioners?

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Image resources

Posted by Chelsea on Jan. 16, 2019, 5:12 a.m. 1 comment

Hello.  I'm new to Death Cafe and working with two others to set up an event in my area (Winchester, Hampshire, UK).  Just wondered if there are any Death Cafe resources such as stock images available that we can use for posters, social media etc?  Don't want to reinvent the wheel if we don't need to.


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Death Cafe's in HUD Senior housing

Posted by John Painter on Dec. 28, 2018, 9:23 a.m. 2 comments

I have been asking around whether there are any HUD Resident Service Coordinators who have either hosted or sponsored a Death Cafe and have not found any.  I will be holding a Cafe with a small group of residents HUD seniior housing who are clearly eager to talk about death and dying. 

I'm curious if there are any other RSC's out there who have hosted a Death Cafe and your experiences.  I appreciate the broad group of discussion I've already seen on this site, but am curious of others experiences holding a Cafe for HUD low income senior citizens.

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Host Support

Posted by MortuaryGem on Dec. 5, 2018, 8:11 a.m. 3 comments

Are there any resources or support for hosts in dealing with difficult situations or conversations? 

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Setting up

Posted by TamaraBarnardCastle on Nov. 7, 2018, 1:32 a.m. 2 comments

For a while now i have ben thinking about setting up a death cafe. I think I've found a venue and am looking to begin in the New Year (probably mid-late January or even into February).

Any particular hints/tips/advice? It feels rather daunting.

Thank you

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Bad deaths

Posted by DavidAinslie on Oct. 4, 2018, 3:17 a.m. 4 comments

At a recent death cafe the conversation got onto good and bad deaths. One person recounted coming across a grisly road accident, which disturbed one (possibly more) of the other people. I'd be glad to know how others might handle this sort of situation.

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Bognor Regis Death Cafe

Posted by DavidAinslie on Oct. 1, 2018, 4:18 a.m. 1 comment

I've posted details of an upcoming Death Cafe on October 24th but it doesn't seem to be coming up on the website - but I don't know why and it's not clear to me who to contact about this. The same thing happened with our September Meeting. I presume there is something wrong or incomplete in what I posted, but I have no idea what.

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terminal ill person apt for DC?

Posted by caminantecalero on Aug. 23, 2018, 3:31 p.m. 2 comments


Im am soon hosting my first death cafe and while contacting people I met a neighbour that has a terminal illnes, I have not talked to him about the DC yet and I am not sure if this environment could also benefit a terminal patient?

Any points of view regarding this?


Thank you

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Student Cafe

Posted by Compassionate Communities High Peak on Aug. 21, 2018, 6:01 a.m. 1 comment

Student Cafe

I'm hosting a cafe at a local further education college and university, for students (with a separate cafe for staff) has anyone done anything similar, and can anyone suggest wording for poster that will grab their attention?


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Einstein’s Afterlife Realm

Posted by Quack on Aug. 7, 2018, 11:38 a.m.

Let's say Einstein is about to die, but before he does a 'being', working behind the scenes, transfers Einstein's consciousness to a robot shell which Einstein is quickly able to control. Einstein then makes his way towards a light where he finds a room. There, Einstein realises that having died, and as there is no God, he must have created the robot shell and afterlife room himself.


So Einstein gets to work, first discovering how time travel can be accomplished, and then discovering how to create building blocks from nothing. So he travels back 100 years, and by creating building blocks, he builds the afterlife room. He then builds a robot shell from more building blocks and brings it to his death bed, where, behind the scenes, he transfers the dying Einstein's consciousness to the robot shell.



So a simple afterlife awaits Einstein. Now consider what can be achieved together with all the scientists who have or will die:- the afterlife room will be perfected to become the afterlife realm, and the robot shell will be perfected to become the spirit body.


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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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