Death Cafe profile for Robin Fontana Kent


Location: United States

http://anamcaraservice.com/

About Robin Fontana Kent:

I am a death midwife, home funeral guide, and funeral celebrant. I  volunteer for two local hospices, and I firmly believe that the end-of-life work I do is the most meaningful I have ever done. I aspire to live each day with gratitude, joy, and kindness.  


What brings you to Death Cafe?

Through my work in end-of-life care, I have sat with people who have so much to say about their understanding of death but have never had the opportunity to voice their ideas or  concerns.  Death Cafe gives a forum for people to discuss and share in a safe place. I am grateful for the opportunity to listen to and learn from others.  Plus, who doesn't like tea and cake!


What would you like your legacy to be?

I would like my work with those at the end of their lives to be my legacy-- an example of caring and kindness for others to follow. I would also like to be remembered as an educator and advocate for the highest good of all. 


Thoughts for sharing:

Stephen Jenkinson is one of the greatest voices on death and dying today. One of my favorite quotes by him is "Grief is the midwife of your capacity to be immensely grateful for being born."

I also ove the Ram Dass quote, "We are all just walking each other home."

 

 


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Robin Fontana Kent's posts on the Death Cafe website


Huge thank you to the VC Reporter and Kimberly Rivers for the cover article on Death Cafes in Ventura County, CA. 

VC Reporter, October 31, 2019: https://vcreporter.com/2019/10/lets-talk-about-death-demystifying-death-over-tea-and-cake-at-the-death-cafe/

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Oxnard

Posted by Robin Fontana Kent on Oct. 11, 2019, 5:29 p.m.


Oxnard's 3rd Death Cafe had seven people in attendance. Three had never attended a DC before. Participants discussed the fear of miscarriage and the sort of grief that lingers even after a healthy birth.  Participants also talked about sudden, violent death, such as a murder, and how such a death is similar to, yet very different from, more "natural" sorts of deaths. The conversation was very interesting and informative, and a few attendees stayed late to finish discussing their thoughts.



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Oxnard

Posted by Robin Fontana Kent on Oct. 9, 2019, 9:43 p.m.



With Robin Fontana Kent

Nov. 2, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Pacific)

Accepts donations

Death Cafe Oxnard is hosted in The Henry Levy House.  Built in 1914, this beautiful Craftsman home is a landmark in Oxnard's historic district. 



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Oxnard

Posted by Robin Fontana Kent on May 25, 2019, 9:40 p.m.



With Robin Fontana Kent

Aug. 22, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (PST)

Accepts donations

I started hosting Death Café as a way to normalize death and conversations about it. Hosting allows me to give back to my community and to meet like-minded people. Every ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Oxnard

Posted by Robin Fontana Kent on May 25, 2019, 8 p.m.


Oxnard’s second Death Café was well attended, with 14 participants.  It was the first Death Café experience for seven of them. Topics discussed included pet deaths, disposition alternatives, children and death, and being a caregiver to the dying. Tea and two cakes were offered, and one person brought a Death Café cookie of doom. There was much more laughter than tears at this Café, and many stayed to talk after the official end. 



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Oxnard

Posted by Robin Fontana Kent on April 25, 2019, 6:35 p.m.



With Robin Fontana Kent

May 23, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Pacific)

Accepts donations


Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Oxnard

Posted by Robin Fontana Kent on March 29, 2019, 4:53 p.m.


Oxnard's first (that we know of) Death Cafe drew people from as far away as Thousand Oaks and Santa Barbara.  It was well-attended with 13 people from all age groups.  We ate cake and cookies, drank tea, and talked about subjects like grief, alternatives to traditional dispositions, and visits from deceased loved ones.  The attendees enthusiastically agreed we should host again, and soon!  I won't be surprised to see Camarillo and Thousand Oaks Death Cafes soon as well.



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Oxnard

Posted by Robin Fontana Kent on Feb. 19, 2019, 3:37 p.m.



With Robin Fontana Kent

March 27, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Pacific)

Accepts donations

I don't believe my hometown of Oxnard has ever had a Death Cafe.  Since my husband and I have a big old house, we decided it would be helpful ...





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