Death Cafe profile for Dorothy Boswell

Location: United Kingdom

About Dorothy Boswell:

After careers in education, journalism and parenting, I have been a volunteer encouraging people to talk about end of life issues in North London for several years. During that time , I have led Death Cafe groups at the Almeida theatre Cafe, the Welcome Trust and online as part of Age Uk's TFurutre AMtters programme in the London Borough of Islington.

What brings you to Death Cafe?

I love Death Cafes because they give people a place to talk about something that may be  very difficult, if not impossible elsewhere. Older people often tell me, 'My children won't discuss it - they say, 'Send me an email - I'm too busy', or 'It's too upsetting' or  'You're going to be around for years more.'"

Younger people say, 'When I try to talk to my parents about funerals they joke, 'Just put me out with the recycling,' and if I mention wills, it's 'What are you after?'" 

Death cafes are a place where everyone can start the conversation knowing they will be heard. Hopes, fears and stories and often a surprising amount of laughter. 

Dorothy Boswell's posts on the Death Cafe website

Death Cafe: Online Death Cafe, BST Crouch End, North London

Posted by Dorothy Boswell on July 5, 2021, 10:34 a.m.

With Dorothy Boswell

Aug. 20, 2021, 3.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (British Summer Time)


I love the way that Death Cafes give people a place to talk about something that even their closest friends and families might not want to discuss.

Older people have ...