Death Cafe write-ups
For our August Death Café Iowa we met on Zoom. Buffy Peters and Becca Suvalsky from the Bereavement Professionals Group facilitated the group. In total there were 5 people in attendance, 2 men and 3 women, and participants ranged in ages and professions. We had individuals join from California, New Jersey, and Iowa. Several interesting topics were brought forward for discussion.
Lifeweb360: LifeWeb360 is a memorialization website where people can create a LifeWeb account for a loved one who has died. Friends and family members can leave messages, videos, and pictures of the person. We discussed how a lot of funeral homes have something like this ...
Meeting the fear of death with spiritual practices
The value and comfort offered by Buddhist philosophy
Psychedelic experiences and insights
Fear of death and of the loss of identity
The heartache caused by distance from relatives or lack of (contact with) an extended ...
Unfortunately no one attended this online event. In retrospect, I believe the email address I gave was not working at the time. This problem has since been fixed, and we look forward to hosting online in late August.
This was a sweltering hot summer's evening but we covered a range of topics. I quite liked the fact that at the start a person completely new to death cafe asked the regular attendees why they kept coming back. Some great thoughts and discussions had!
As we have in the past, perhaps now more than ever, we raised the subject of the many kinds of deaths we can experience outside of physical death. Certainly now, the death of life as we knew it, is a cause of a global chronic grief calling for mourning. I don’t think it’s wise or productive to compare losses and say one is more difficult than another. Every loss is entirely unique and personal. However, not all loss includes an existential component, which is certainly at play now with this global pandemic.
One person commented that he’s seen a lot of book titles related to ...
The July 22 Pump House Village Death Café took place as a Zoom meeting co-sponsored by Assisting Hands Home Care. VIllage members, Sandra Ames and Patricia Dubroof facilitated. The concerns brought out by this month’s participants had to do with the complications and challenges presented by loved ones living with Alzheimer’s Disease or various types of dementia. Several participants had cared for parents with these diagnoses, and spoke of accepting this state of being. Others were currently caring for loved ones and were able to share their concerns, including being themselves elderly and realizing the need for making sure plans for their partner’s financial and ...
Online Death Cafe (June)
Evaluations: 7 submitted
Attendees: 1 facilitator, 9 attendees
Our June Death Cafe had an international flavour with some of our participants bringing experiences from around the world.
This was our sixth Death Cafe (our third time doing it online using Zoom). There was an increase in numbers which meant we split into two groups, and I spent some time in both groups. We kept the same format as previous groups, having a break part way through.
It has been lovely to receive some more detailed feedback from this Death Cafe (full details below), and I really appreciate people taking the time to ...
Online Death Cafe
Evaluations: 4 submitted
Attendees: 1 facilitator, 7 attendees
I am late writing up our May Death Cafe, and in the interim we have had one for June!
This was our fifth Death Cafe (our second time doing it online using Zoom). There was a drop in numbers again compared to our last online event which feels more due to the increased frequency and so there has been less time for me to advertise it. We stayed in one group for this one and kept the same format as last time, having a break part way through.
Thank you to those who completed the ...
After the last session I reflected I'm always afraid at some point I will be become bored of the topics or the conversation will be stale. This month it was the fear that a small group will run out of things to share.
Last night I was joined by three others, considerably smaller than recent Cafes. Again, my fear turned out to be unfounded, but combined with technology challenges it was a distracting way to start the session. Despite our small numbers, we still managed to talk for the entire time and in some ways this possibly increased the intimacy of the conversation.
I love that virtual ...
8 of us met for the fifth virtual meeting of the Colliers Wood Death Café via Zoom. Once again the meeting welcomed participants from ‘across the pond’, with attendees joining from CA, FL, and WI!
Themes to emerge from our conversation:
The powerful and meaningful sense of connection we have been able to create virtually during the pandemic. The poignant quality this has – and also to reflect on lost loved ones we are not able to connect with, and who we will never see on screen.
The sense of history we feel ourselves to be living through currently – and how likely defining this period of time will be ...
Thank you to those who joined the conversations during the July 8th Death Café – Hillsborough (DC-H) – our fourth Zoom call. Using Zoom has changed our dynamic yet it also allows new people from faraway places to participate; thank you to the six new folx!
- For those who had one handy, we lit candles then sat in silence to honor and remember the lives and deaths of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color). “We will change this world.”
- As mentioned, be sure to email the NC chapter of the Funeral Consumers Alliance to receive their Dying to Know e-newsletter: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://www.funeralsnc ...
Death Cafe of Northeast Florida held its first meeting in 2018 and has continued to meet monthly to date. In April 2020 we moved to a Virtual Death Cafe format due to Covid-19. We typically meet the 1st Monday of each month from 6:30 -8 p.m. EST.
Our July 2020 meeting included thought-provoking conversation, compassion, some humor, personal sharing, and a few technical challenges. We had attendees from across the world, including Florida, South Carolina, and California, USA, as well as from Hungary, Australia and Canada. We had a member of the media in attendance, with all attendees being advised of their presence, and giving expressed ...
Good morning Josefine,
I wanted to write to you to thank you for facilitating the Death Café last night. It was my first experience Being a novice I was initially nervous of contributing to the conversation, but I quickly overcame this fear because of the groups inclusivity and mutual respect. I came away inspired and with a real sense of connection with people I met for the first time. This experience has gifted me real insight into how we can facilitate conversations around death, safely, and the power in human connectivity.
Ibiza Death Cafe Returns!
Following 100 days of State of Alarm, were were pleased to be able to return with our monthly Ibiza Death Cafe events.
Thanks to Racó Verd for welcoming us and providing shelter from the super hot June weather!
After meeting for three years in person, this was our first Virtual Death Cafe and it was a great success (even with some technical glitches). There was conversation, kindness, caring, humor and vulnerability.