Death Cafe Press Clippings


2019 Global Wellness Trends

Posted by Jools Barsky on Feb. 1, 2019, 4:47 a.m.


Each year, the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) identifies new trends that will have a meaningful impact on the $4.2 trillion wellness industry. Significantly, this is the only wellness forecast that draws from the insights of the 600+ executives who were delegates and presenters at the 2018 Global Wellness Summit. In addition, the GWS Trends incorporate the perspectives of renowned economists, medical and wellness professionals, academics and leaders across all sectors of the wellness industry.

Each of the eight trends speaks to topics that push the health and wellness envelope in unprecedented ways. We predict that these very new directions in wellness will grow worldwide and become big business in the years ahead.

This year, we take a close look at what the medical profession is prescribing—and while you might think that would be complicated to understand, it’s actually a walk in the park. With overtourism to the same old places being the #1 issue facing the travel industry today—unwell for both locals and tourists—will wellness tourism be an antidote, pulling people to less trafficked, healthier destinations? Will “choosing undertourism” become the new eco-tourism and ethical consumer wave? (So the Mona Lisa can keep smiling.) Get ready to have a new respect for your nose and what your olfactory sense can do in conjunction with your brain, such as take you back to happier times. Say goodbye forever to one-size-fits-all diets and hello to personalized nutrition—your DNA will lead the way and help you find the foods that work for you.

It’s time to rethink fashion, not only personally but also societally. From the supply chain to the chain stores, what we wear and what it means is taking on (and off) a life of its own. And speaking of a life of its own, we are looking at China—it’s extraordinary growth and wealth and what that means for wellness in the world. We’ve gone deep into the depths and looked at how dying is finally becoming part of the wellness conversation and how everything around death is suddenly getting rethought: from what a healthy end-of-life looks like to a surge in eco-friendly and creative burial options. But, whatever you do, don’t stress: There are going to be so many more options for meditation than ever before, and hard science will confirm the benefits of different types for different goals...

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Mancos has joined thousands of other cities around the world as it begins hosting a regular event known as a Death Cafe.

The event is hosted by the Mancos Public Library and facilitated by the library’s manager of development and adult programming, Shari Dunn.

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Putting Death on the Table

Posted by Jools Barsky on Dec. 27, 2018, 5:29 p.m.


They come because the philosophical notion of mortality intrigues them. Or because they are death doulas, end of life therapists, palliative care nurses, or someone else who works with the dying.

Maybe they’ve got a loved one who is sick. Perhaps they, themselves, suffer from a terminal disease. Maybe, as long as they can remember, they’ve been haunted by death’s terrifying void...

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One Sunday evening this September, I stepped into a northeast Minneapolis art gallery, signed my name next to a human skull, and poured myself a glass of red wine. Then I joined a group seated in a circle, and we started talking about taking our own lives...

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WE SAT IN a circle, clutching paper cups full of steaming coffee and tea. First, I said my name. "Hi, I'm Lexi." What came next wasn't an admission of addiction, but a statement about what I feared most about death. "I fear the unknown," I began, but paused. That didn't quite sum it up. My voice tight from nerves, I added, "Nothingness. Losing everything I've ever known. The whole thing, really."...

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A relaxing afternoon with Death

Posted by Jools Barsky on Dec. 27, 2018, 5:06 p.m.


Death isn’t a topic oft-discussed, but it is an end we all face and for many, it is a conversation worth having....

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Death Cafe comes to Dunnville

Posted by Jools Barsky on Dec. 27, 2018, 4:56 p.m.


For many people, death and dying feel like taboo subjects.

But Wendy Elliott, who will be hosting the Dunnville Death Café on Nov. 15, hopes to help change that.

"It's something that's been taken away from us. Years ago, death happened in the home," she said...

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Tribune Tries: Death and cake

Posted by Jools Barsky on Dec. 27, 2018, 9:56 a.m.


“I love the brownies.” “I’m interested in learning about death.” These are the icebreakers at the November session of McGill’s Death Cafe. Though the event drew a varied crowd, commonalities developed between the full room of people intrigued by both creature comforts and talk of mortality...

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Chaplain and Death Cafe member Michele Tae and members Joyce Harvey-Morgan and Susan Randall talk about discussions of death with Idaho Matters on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

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Death Café takes on a life of its own

Posted by Jools Barsky on Dec. 27, 2018, 9:53 a.m.


When Christine Cross and Cathy Coulter first conceived of hosting a Death Café in Virden, they didn’t know if anyone would be interested in casual conversations about death and dying. But the 20 spaces filled up so fast and the evening was such a hit that three more Death Cafés have been scheduled in the area...

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Talking death in Sudbury over tea and cake

Posted by Jools Barsky on Dec. 27, 2018, 9:46 a.m.


Most people are uncomfortable talking about death and dying but there’s a worldwide movement trying to change that. And surprisingly, it all starts over tea and cake...

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VIDEO: Death Cafe puts mortality front and centre

Posted by Jools Barsky on Dec. 27, 2018, 9:44 a.m.


It’s an average Monday night in Revelstoke. Seated in a circle at Dose Café, 12 complete strangers are sharing conversation. The topic is death...

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Betty Ann McPherson's life got pretty dark several years ago when her daughter got sick and died of cancer.

"I was sure that once her life was over, my life would be over," she said.

"For a time, it really did feel like that."

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Strangers will be gathering in Nailsworth this week in an effort to demystify an important but uncomfortable subject...

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ON A BRISK NOVEMBER NIGHT, Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant tucked away on a quiet side street near Times Square, is alive with conversation. Nearly 20 people pack in around two tables cluttered with heaping, communal plates of steaming couscous, chickpeas, and yellow lentils. People exchange stories, laughs, and soft wedges of bread dipped in bright green chermoula...

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