Death Cafe write-ups


Online Death Cafe Iowa CDT July Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on July 21, 2021, 12:42 p.m. 1 comment

For our July Death Café Iowa we met via Zoom. Buffy Peters from the Bereavement Professionals Group facilitated the group. There were three individuals who attended the Death Café this month which made for a small and intimate group.

The topic of death doulas and the controversy of their titles was brought up. Some may say that death doulas should be more appropriately called death companions, because their tasks differ a little bit from what birth doulas do. In a birth there is a midwife and possibly a doula, but in death there is not someone there necessarily to help you die- so what does that leave the ...


HiroGaku Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Steven M on July 7, 2021, 7:48 p.m.

A Death Café was held in the learning commons on the evening on May 24th. 13 students, teachers, and community members gathered to talk about death while drinking tea and eating sweets. This was the first of a series of Death Café events which will be held throughout the coming years. It was a calm, relaxed place for people to come and talk openly about death.

 

Plans had been made to begin holding Death Cafés starting in 2020, but due to the global pandemic, it was delayed. This Death Café took place taking care to follow corona virus preventative measures.

 

This first café went well. Participants ...


Online Death Cafe ~ by the bay Brisbane Write up

Posted by Jacqui on June 26, 2021, 12:20 a.m.

13 May 2021 - Small group of 5 interesting women spanning a variety of ages, backgrounds and life experiences. We shared our experiences about

 

  • that the experience of dying can be “a beautiful thing”; and the value of ‘holding space’; ‘being present’ and also sharing laughter along the way . All this as long as it is ‘legal, safe, sane and consensual)
  • a discussion around unexpected deaths – and a myriad of emotions attached with this ranging from quality of life – if we could choose to die suddenly then wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing? To the impact of unexpected deaths on the living – how we interpret sudden deaths (positive ...


Online Death Cafe Iowa CDT June Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on June 25, 2021, 10 a.m.

For our June Death Café Iowa we met via Zoom. Buffy Peters from the Bereavement Professionals Group facilitated the group. There were three individuals who attended the Death Café this month which made for a small and intimate group.

The topic of how the pandemic influenced death and grieving was talked about significantly within the group. Between sub-topics of interrupted rituals, impact on children, “shadow loss” for the whole world, and even focusing our attention on what is important. Postponed grief also worked into the mix and the group mentioned how important rituals are in grief.

 

The medicalization of death and dying was brought up by a participant ...


June Death Cafe via ZOOM EDT Write up

Posted by BLLLINK on June 24, 2021, 2:53 a.m.

At this Covid-influenced ZOOM Death Cafe, 15 people from around the country dropped by to experience one of our more conversational monthly virtual Death Cafes.

The participants explored, questioned, shared and sometimes laughed as they easily and warmly welcomed meeting one another openly.

There was genuine acceptance of the sentiments voiced.

While we discussed the possibility of returning to the "face-to-face, sit around the tables" Death Cafe of pre-COVID times, most agreed the ZOOM format is a comfortable one and one that introduces people from a wider geographic area (past ZOOM Death Cafes have seen visitors from Canada, Australia and Europe, as well as other states).

It's ...


Death Cafe Tunbridge Wells Online BST Write up

Posted by carmeldunmall on June 4, 2021, 5:14 a.m.

8 of us met on zoom from USA, Canda and the Uk.

The discussion was around grief, the openness of the group was touching and the conversation deep.


June Uptown Online Death Cafe CDT Write up

Posted by Death Cafe Uptown on June 3, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Please find this Death Cafe fully online at:

 

https://zoom.us/j/99170612888


Online Death Cafe Iowa CDT May Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on June 2, 2021, 9:56 a.m.

For our May Death Café Iowa we met via Zoom. Buffy Peters from the Bereavement Professionals Group facilitated the group. There were three individuals who attended the Death Café this month which made for a small and intimate group. 

The topic of one’s awareness around death was brought up. Pre-planning and the act of smart funeral planning is important for family members. Death Doolas can be part of the pre-planning for death. Some individuals do not want family members to be around them if they are sick and dying, which is where a Death Doula would step in and be that support system for the individual. 

 

The ...


North East London Online Death Cafe BST hosted by Debbie Young & Alberta Gutteridge Write up

Posted by Debbie & Alberta on May 21, 2021, 8:12 a.m.

Swedish death cleaning. Just one of the topics that came out of my first virtual Death Café. Well never mind the virtual, my first Death

Café. It was planned to be a North East London gathering hosted by myself and Debbie, who is Death Café-experienced, but ended up

being a gloriously global affair with participants from yes, north-east London, but also Scotland, Ireland and Canada.  Back to the death

cleaning or death decluttering. The idea behind it is to release the burden of your things from the loved ones you leave behind. ‘It’s a

loving thing to do for the people you care about.’ There was ...


Virtual Death Cafe ~ by the bay Brisbane Write up

Posted by Jacqui on May 4, 2021, 6:26 a.m.

April 2021 - Another energetic, enthusiastic, curious international group some who have attended my DC before and others new. They openly shared their experiences, questions and were so authentic in opening up about the topic many are 'scared' or adverse to talk about...death...dying. It was a wonderful one and a half hours . We shared information and stories about 

  • "being present' that dying and death is not all terrible, it can be profoundly beautiful ("the beautiful and terrible") 
  • demystifying death and dying and normalising it
  • conversation starter tools
  • that a life-limiting condition can give us an opportunity to discuss and plan our wishes, our funerals and better prepare ...


Virtual Death Cafe ~ by the bay Brisbane Write up

Posted by Jacqui on May 4, 2021, 6:13 a.m.

March 2021 - Another international group of wonderful people who shared their experiences so openly. I am always inspired to facilitate these events because we all share and learn so much! At this event look at what we covered in 1.5 hrs!!!!! Amazing !!! 

Afterlife Discussions (YouTube)

Netflix - Surviving Death

What happens after we die (Sarah Kerr)

TED talk - I see dead people : dreams and visions of the dying 

Atul Gawande's book and video Being Mortel

The Little Soul in the Sun

Dancing in the Dark book 

The Nurmber one queston about the afterlife and reincarnation - Suzanne Giesemann

COVID-19 and rejoicing when people's health turns positive 

The ...


Virtual Death Cafe ~ by the bay Brisbane Write up

Posted by Jacqui on May 4, 2021, 6:05 a.m.

Feb 2021 - Small international group but always interesting people attending this Death Cafe ... some of the topics discussed

related to conversation starters to engage those we love in having these important conversations. And thinking of

them as "important" conversations rather than labelling them "difficult conversations".

We spoke of funeral rituals and their importance and a funky bluetooth item called ModURN; mentioning The Kindnes

Pandemic on Facebook - engaging in positive stories; sharing with families about what is important with a special

mention of Christmas time and how to have the Xmas you always wanted; and sharing fondest memories (the 'gifts'

of love) and how one lovely lady had young ...


Death Cafe Tunbridge Wells Online BST Write up

Posted by carmeldunmall on April 25, 2021, 5:27 a.m.

8 of us met for a discussion that included someone considering suicide, the group were open to this conversation. We also  discussed, dying at home and how this could effect our loved ones, dying in hospital and transportion of deceased loved ones back home following death.

 


Death Cafe Iowa CDT Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on April 21, 2021, 10:16 a.m.

For our April Death Café Iowa we met via Zoom. Buffy Peters from the Bereavement Professionals Group facilitated the group. There were 7 individuals who attended the Death Café this month.

The first topic we came across was the idea of do I really know what I want towards my own death? A participant had shared that they had a near death experience that made them question if they really wanted what they had planned for their end-of-life care. This individual had asked for a Do Not Resuscitate order (DNR), but when the time came, was asking themselves if that’s what they really wanted. The conversation turned ...


Denver Metro Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Eeebee1981 on April 18, 2021, 4:08 p.m.

I wish I could have attended, but no access to the public. 


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