Death Cafe profile for Mary Jane Lee


Location: United States



Mary Jane Lee's posts on the Death Cafe website


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Virginia

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on June 2, 2021, 11:55 a.m.


With I am

July 5, 2021, 3.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (EDT)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Virginia

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on June 2, 2021, 11:52 a.m.


With I will

June 7, 2021, 3.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (EDT)

Free


Death Cafe: Death Cafe Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on April 25, 2021, 12:40 p.m.


With Mary Jane Lee

May 3, 2021, 3.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (EST)

Free


Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe, Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Nov. 2, 2015, 7:45 p.m. 2 comments

Seven people drank Mexican hot chocolate and ate pan de muerto to celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Death Cafe on November 1, 2015. We remembered those who have died with special reverence, and wondered how the Aztecs who originated the idea celebrated this ritual 3000 years ago. 

We also spoke of the fears we face in life be it accidents that take our lives quickly or staring down a bear who threatens us, and wondered if those are metaphors for death bearing down on us.  

We hoped that the practices that we have done to cultivate lovingkindness, compassion, and equanimity in our lives have prepared us ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe, Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Oct. 9, 2015, 12:44 p.m.



With Mary Jane Lee

Nov. 1, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (EST)

There is no charge for this event.

Let us honor those who have already passed on the Day of Dead, November 1, 2015.  And honor ourselves as our lives' journeys serve to remind us of the beauty ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Aug. 3, 2015, 9:42 a.m.



With Mary Jane Lee

Sept. 6, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (DST)

The event is free of charge.

We meet in the light filled room at Steamy's usually in one group. Come early to get something delicious to eat and drink from Steamy's menu. 



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Aug. 3, 2015, 9:31 a.m.

The August 2, 2015 Death Cafe in Winchester, Va was attended by a dozen participants who created an environment of trust, sensitivity, and intelligence.

The dialogue centered around whether or not our culture is becoming desensitized or sensitized by the rampant violents deaths that are happening in our world at this time.  We wonder how the media is affecting us, and whether the global community will be able at some point change the world view of what is acceptable behavior for humankind.  How can we effect a paradigm shift?There was agreement that each person through intentional action and thought becomes a participant and there was consensus to ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on July 15, 2015, 8:19 a.m.


With Mary Jane Lee

Aug. 2, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (EDT)

There is no charge.

Death Cafe, Winchester, VA meets at Steamy's Cafe in a brightly lit room. The dialogue is open, unstructured, and sensitive to the desires and needs of all. It has ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe, Winchester, Virginia

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on June 8, 2015, 3:36 p.m.

Death Cafe June 7, 2015

 

A bright and dynamic group of twelve people gathered around the table at Steamy’s Cafe in Winchester, VA on a bright and beautiful day in June. 

 

 A story of a dedicated caregiver for many people was told. After tending to her beloved husband for more than 20 years, his death came peacefully, and now she wishes to be alone for awhile, to be quiet before the rituals and family surround her.  A time for grace, introspection, and rest. 

 

The right to determine one’s time for dying is always a topic of interest and dialogue. The right to choose to die before ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe, Winchester, Virginia

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on June 8, 2015, 3:23 p.m.


With Mary Jane Lee

July 5, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

There is no charge, come early to order your refreshments from Steamy's great menu.

Where there is a passion for living, I believe there is a passion for exploring that which is our destiny which includes our death.  What is there to learn in ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe, Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on May 4, 2015, 9:40 a.m.

It was another beautiful day in the Shenandoah Valley where nine people gathered at Steamy's Cafe to talk about life and death.  

One participant reported on the Art of Dying conference held in NYC recently where more than a dozen fine minds gathered to talk about the art of dying. 

Robert Thurman spoke of "the clear light of the void", he asks that we be conscious of our unconscious and that everything we do matters. Eben Alexander told us about his near death experience, and others spoke to the future of end of life care.  The dialogue on living, dying, and death is rich, deep, and very ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe, Winchester, Virginia

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on May 4, 2015, 8:40 a.m.


With Mary Jane Lee

June 7, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (EDT)

There is no charge for this event.

Death Cafe, Winchester, VA meets at Steamy's, a great little cafe in downtown Winchester.  If there are more than eight people we divide into groups to share our stories ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe, Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on April 13, 2015, 4:53 p.m.



With Mary Jane Lee

May 3, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (EDT)

There is no charge for this event.

Death Cafe, Winchester is becoming an amazing opportunity to come together to  have a conversation on a myriad of subjects, including death.  Each individual's story has been illuminating, creative ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe, Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on April 5, 2015, 4:28 p.m.

Sitting around a large table under two skylights with sunshine streaming, eight bright and inquisitive people gathered on Easter Sunday to talk about life and death.  

"Maybe we don't have to die if we would just learn to take care of each other and love."  This comment met with zero resistance and the notion quite intrigued us with possibility. 

Viewing death as an organic, natural  experience creates a liberation from fear of it.

Meeting our own death and the death of others not from a detached, conditioned cultural perspective, but from the authentic self facilitates acceptance and ease. 

As part of doctoral studies in Occupational Therapy  a ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe, Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on March 12, 2015, 9:21 a.m.


With Mary Jane Lee

April 5, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Daylight Savings Time)

There is no charge for this event.

Death Cafe, Winchester, VA offers a safe and confidential environment to have a conversation that is informative, interesting, inspiring, and fun on the finite aspects of living. 

Come a little ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Jan. 12, 2015, 1:49 p.m.


On January 4, 2015 seven people met at Steamy's for a very interesting and intimate meeting discussing death, dying, restored memory, and active dreams.  There was one new person to the group, a younger woman, who provided a fresh wisdom and insight into perceptions of death and the profound awareness of its presence as part of life.

A real dream of equanimity during a violent death provided a stunning awareness of how our lives provide us opportunity for presence at the time of death.

All participants express value for their time together and appreciation of the venue and one another. 

We will continue to meet on the ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Dec. 14, 2014, 2:16 p.m.



With Mary Jane Lee

Jan. 4, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Free of charge.

If it is snowing, sleeting, or icing the Death Cafe will not be held. 



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Dec. 14, 2014, 1:26 p.m.


The first Death Cafe in Winchester, VA was held December 7, 2014 at Steamy's Cafe.  The 17 people who attended  created an interesting and dynamic dialogue that included ideas that death is like birth, curiosities of dying and death in other cultures, personal experience in families, and assisted suicide in terminal illness.  

The possibilty of life after death, nirvana, and the presence of spirits after a loved one's death were also shared with great enthusiasm and hope.

Everyone present was enthusiastic about the Death Cafe and look forward to the next one on January 4. 2015.



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Winchester, VA

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Nov. 14, 2014, 5:54 a.m.



With Mary Jane Lee

Dec. 7, 2014, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

There is no charge, come early to order your refreshments from Steamy's great menu.

In serving those who are dying as a hospice nurse, I found that once the conversation begins about dying and death, ease, acceptance, and peace enter.  This life is precious ...



Practitioners question: Death Cafe Berryville, VA October 5, 2014

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Oct. 9, 2014, 8:36 a.m.


Death Cafe  Berryville, VA October 5, 2014

Death Cafe     October 5, 2014

 

On a sunny, breezy fall day in Virginia about twenty people came together at the Barns for the second Death Cafe.  We sat at tables of five or six people who dialogued for an hour, then come together as a larger group to open the ...

Death Cafe: Berryville, VA Death Cafe

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Oct. 6, 2014, 5:53 p.m.



With Mary Jane Lee

Nov. 2, 2014, 12.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Free of charge

We meet in a beautiful space in a barn with natural light. Groups of 6 dialogue for about an hour, then come together in a larger group for further discussion ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Berryville, Virginia

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on Sept. 10, 2014, 5:59 a.m.

Death Cafe   

Berryville, Virginia    

September 7, 2014

 

It was a beautiful fall day in Berryville, Virginia where nearly twenty people came together for the first Death Cafe. The discussion moved from the practical issues in dealing with death like advanced medical directives and the dnr order to amazing stories of experiences in families related to death and dying.  

 

The intention and conscious choice to cease all nourishment to facilitate death, or the amazing resolve to walk into the woods to die show the deep and abiding awareness there is to dying and courageous action to facilitate and be with death on one’s own terms.  There was realization ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Berryville, Virginia

Posted by Mary Jane Lee on July 13, 2014, 2:41 p.m.



With Mary Jane Lee

Sept. 7, 2014, 12.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Free

When first I read Elizabeth Kubler Ross’s book On Death and Dying many years ago,  I knew I had found a home for my heart’s yearning to comfort ...