Death Cafe profile for welshsh


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 16, 2020, 9:33 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Dec. 12, 2021, 4.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 16, 2020, 9:32 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Oct. 27, 2021, 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 16, 2020, 9:29 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Aug. 29, 2021, 3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 16, 2020, 9:27 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

July 15, 2021, 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 16, 2020, 9:24 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

May 16, 2021, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 16, 2020, 9:22 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

March 31, 2021, 3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 16, 2020, 9:20 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Jan. 26, 2021, 4.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 16, 2020, 9:05 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Dec. 1, 2020, 4.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 16, 2020, 8:41 p.m.


Four people attended this Death Cafe.One person hadn't been before. The topics we discussed were wide ranging from cot death, death during pregnacy, the Euthenasia Law, prefered method of disposition of remains, writting ones biography for one's children after death  and so on. I find that when the group is small people talk more intimately and describe their personal experiences more. 



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Sept. 26, 2020, 11:41 p.m.


I erroneously indicated on Meetup that this Death Cafe was occurring both in person and online. In fact, it was occurring online only. Initially no-one came online, and then after some time, a single person from the USA appeared. We spoke for some time, but he was at work at the time, and so it could not participate fully. We did manage to discuss his distress at having to work from his employer’s home in which her elderly parent lay dying. I subsequently learnt that two people had turned up at the venue at which the Death Cafe is ordinarily held. When it became apparent that I ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Sept. 26, 2020, 11:39 p.m.


This was our first in person Death Cafe following the COVID-19 lockdown. Given that people were still cautious about gathering in restaurants, there was a good attendance - about nine people. There was cultural diversity within the group and a Chinese person, and two South Americans spoke about their cultural experiences. One of the South Americans described how difficult it was being on the other side of the world when her mother’s health was declining. One participant worked at a funeral home as an embalmer and people found her insights into the workings of a funeral home fascinating.



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Sept. 26, 2020, 11:38 p.m.


Shortly prior to this Death Cafe, the local newspaper ran a brief story about the Death Cafe and a podcast I host about death and dying, The Final Curtain. I was concerned that the media profile would result in more than a dozen people attending and it would be unwieldy. So, I took a fellow Death Cafe host’s advice and capped the numbers on Meetup. I need not have done this. Only nine people came and there could have been more comfortably. Two people who have come numerous times before were placed on Meetups wait list. Luckily, I was able to contact one and tell her to ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Aug. 29, 2020, 3:43 a.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Aug. 30, 2020, 3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Aug. 29, 2020, 3:41 a.m.



With Shirley Welsh

July 21, 2020, 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Aug. 29, 2020, 3:37 a.m.



With Shirley Welsh

May 27, 2020, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe write up: Online Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on July 2, 2020, 2:43 a.m. 1 comment


This was our first ever virtual Death Cafe. One wasn’t planned. It was an extra one due to an increased need caused by the pandemic thrusting death and dying into our faces more than life usually does. Five of us attended and there would have been more if it were not because of my technological incompetence.  The conversation waxed and waned from literary reviews and philosophical questions to people’s personal experiences. What was clear, was that by having a virtual Death Cafe people were able to attend who wouldn’t be unable to attend than an actual Death Cafe. I resolved at the end of it ...



Death Cafe: Online Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on May 20, 2020, 7:03 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

April 21, 2020, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on March 15, 2020, 4:45 p.m.


Four people met at the restaurant at the Racecourse. All of us had been coming to the Death Cafe almost from its inception. It felt more like a meeting of new friends than a gathering of strangers. While large groups are energising with a wide range of people sharing interesting snippets of information, smaller groups allow for more in depth discussion and the telling of more personal stories. We discussed the rapid decline and death of someone’s wife in the hospital they worked at; another’s experience as a carer of elderly people with its challenges and rewards and the another’s experiences looking after her mother ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on March 15, 2020, 4:43 p.m.


Sixteen of us met at a restaurant at a racecourse. Several people had come to previous Death Cafes, but most people were new. One person received a notification that the event was happening shortly and came immediately. Another came from far out of town. One person, who had been significantly impaired by a motorbike accident, left after a short while saying it was not what they were looking for. Among other things, people spoke about finding meaning in life after the death of a partner; Maori cultural practices around death and dying; near death experiences and people near death hastening their death.  Many people expressed gratitude for having ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on March 1, 2020, 5:19 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Dec. 1, 2020, 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on March 1, 2020, 5:18 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Oct. 14, 2020, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on March 1, 2020, 5:16 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Aug. 30, 2020, 3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on March 1, 2020, 5:14 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

July 21, 2020, 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on March 1, 2020, 5:11 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

May 27, 2020, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on March 1, 2020, 5:09 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

March 15, 2020, 3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on March 1, 2020, 4:58 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Jan. 28, 2020, 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Nov. 3, 2019, 3:53 p.m.


We met at a new venue this time. As summer approaches, the gorgeous beach front cafe we used to meet at could no longer assure us of a table so we opted for one at the racecourse that could. Perhaps because of the change of venue, or the glorious weather, only four people came. However, having just a few of us meant that each person had lots of time to talk which was wonderful. We spoke about so many things including whether its "normal" to think about death every day; the treasured objects that remind us of dead loved ones; how one can continues to live a full ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 30, 2019, 3:34 p.m.


Ten of us met at a Café and spoke about death generally as individuals. However, interestingly, at this Death Cafe, we also spoke about the death of humankind. Perhaps this was because almost half of the group were young – in their late teens or early twenties, and in the context of Youth’s vocal concern globally about climate change, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. Several of the young people who came had no interest in matters relating to death; they were simply accompanying their friend who had. However, over the course of the evening, all of them had experiences to share and views ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 30, 2019, 3:20 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Nov. 3, 2019, 3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on July 29, 2019, 7:28 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

Aug. 27, 2019, 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free


Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on July 28, 2019, 6:32 p.m.


We met for the first time at a cafe that overlooks the sea. Sixteen people came and the room was packed to capacity. Several people said that they had eagerly waited for a Death Cafe to be established in Dunedin. Some people were involved in caring for the dead and dying and people close to them: an embalmer, a funeral director, a funeral celebrant, an elder lawyer, a rest home carer and a pharmacist. But others were just people interested in death and dying. Everyone could swap stories and share insights because death affects us all. 



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Dunedin

Posted by welshsh on July 3, 2019, 10:17 p.m.



With Shirley Welsh

July 28, 2019, 3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (GMT+12)

Free