Death Cafe profile for Kate Dean
Location: United Kingdom
About Kate Dean:
I'm the minister for Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, an open-minded spiritual community in Hampstead, North London, UK. Unitarians believe that people should be allowed to explore their beliefs and values without dogma or creed, help to build community and strive for equality in all aspects of life. Our children begin their activies by saying we are the chapel of the 'open minds, loving hearts and helping hands.'
What brings you to Death Cafe?
I'm interested in opening up the conversation about end of life matters with a particular interest in how we support each other during those last days with meditation, conversation and ritual. I studied funeral rites as part of my Masters degree. Unitarians recognise there are diverse views about death and what may come after it. All are welcome at our table.
What would you like your legacy to be?
That people knew they were loved and encouraged. That my place in the world enabled me to improved things rather than make them worse!
Thoughts for sharing:
“Between our first cry and our last breath we string together precious moments of life as pearls on a string. Then something or someone breaks the strand and the pearls scatter everywhere. And we are all on our knees on the floor trying to retrieve something that was precious and is now lost. A human life cannot be restrung.
But we can gather together the precious memories in deep gratitude for the time we did have together.
I refuse to believe that either God or the universe is cruel. That is a human failing. Instead I trust that nothing is ever lost. All past and present make up this moment.”
(Lone I Jensen. Source: ‘Beyond Absence’ p197)
Contact Kate Dean
Kate Dean's posts on the Death Cafe website
With Rev Kate Dean and Lizzie Harley
May 11, 2019, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (GMT)
This will be the second Death Cafe run at the Chapel. Ours is a liberal spiritual community with no hidden agendas. We welcome people of all faiths and none, to ...
With Kate Dean
Oct. 28, 2018, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (GMT)
This is my second opportunity to host a Death Cafe. The previous time was at Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House in SE London. We'll offer delicious cake, tea and coffee ...