Death Cafe write-ups

Online Death Cafe Iowa CST Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m.


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.


Topics included:


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 ...

August meeting of the Colliers Wood Death Cafe - ONLINE via Zoom Write up

Posted by Cecilia H on Aug. 19, 2020, 8:16 a.m.

We were a small group of 4 for the August meeting of the Colliers Wood Death Cafe.  We continue to meet at Zoom at the present time, and of those who attended this meeting it would have been unlikely for two of us to attend the event were we to have gathered at Coffee in the Wood in person.
Themes to emerge from our conversation:


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 ...

Online Death Cafe Oxnard PST Write up

Posted by Cat Kent on Aug. 13, 2020, 11:23 p.m. 1 comment

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. 

Online Upminster Death Cafe BST Write up

Posted by MortuaryGem on Aug. 13, 2020, 12:13 p.m. 1 comment

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! 

Tucson Friendly & Fearless Death Cafe Write up

Posted by TucsonFFDeathCafe on Aug. 12, 2020, 7:46 p.m.

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 ...

East Rockville Online Death Cafe EST Write up

Posted by AmesSandra on July 27, 2020, 5:45 p.m.

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 ...

Death Cafe Liverpool Online BST Write up

Posted by Jamie on July 26, 2020, 2:33 p.m.

 Online Death Cafe (June)

  Evaluation Summary


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 ...

Death Cafe Liverpool Online BST Write up

Posted by Jamie on July 26, 2020, 12:24 p.m.

 Online Death Cafe

  Evaluation Summary


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 ...

Virtual Death Cafe Louisville EST Write up

Posted by Justin Magnuson on July 24, 2020, 10:59 a.m.

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 ...

July meeting of Colliers Wood Death Cafe - ONLINE via Zoom Write up

Posted by Cecilia H on July 23, 2020, 10:01 a.m.

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 ...

Death Cafe Hillsborough EST (via Zoom) Write up

Posted by Neidra on July 12, 2020, 8:46 p.m.

Hello everyone,

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: Website:  https://www.funeralsnc ...

Death Cafe Northeast Florida EST- VIRTUAL MEETING Write up

Posted by Nfrazier4 on July 7, 2020, 7:46 p.m.

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 ...

Virtual Death Cafe At Home BST Write up

Posted by Josefine Speyer on July 7, 2020, 3:44 p.m.

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 Write up

Posted by Ibiza Death Cafe on July 7, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

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!

Monmouth County Virtual Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Beth Almerini on July 5, 2020, 7:29 a.m.

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.


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