Death Cafe write-ups
14 of us came together for our second virtual meeting of the Colliers Wood Death Café. We again had an international attendance and were joined by people calling from around the UK, Ireland, and the US.
A few people made their debut at a Death Café, and several regulars from the physical CWDC meetings also joined the Zoom call.
At the beginning of our meeting we acknowledged the impact Covid-19 is having on us as individuals, and as a global community, and how much more proximate death and dying feel to be amidst the current pandemic.
Themes to emerge from our discussion:
Our impermanence being powerfully highlighted by ...
This is the summary I emailed to my group. It has been edited with updates and deletions. Hello everyone, I hope you are staying well, physically and mentally. Thank you to those who joined the conversations during the April 8th Death Café – Hillsborough (DC-H) – our first Zoom call! It went very well and, as usual, we learned new things! Using Zoom changed our dynamic yet it also allowed three new people to join us, including from Greensboro and Pittsboro! We are grateful for UMC allowing us to use their Zoom account (versus their “little house” where we normally meet in person). If you have not yet sent a ...
This was our 3rd Virtual Cafe. For the first time since this pandemic began, 2 attendees reported family members or friends who have died. So very challenging and sad for all. I'll speak for everyone and say that the value of the Cafe conversation is immeasurable. To say what is true and real for each of us, look around, and be held in the moment by others is so preciously human. Some paraphrased comments: "struggling with the notion of not-being...trying to be familiar with living and death at the same time...being here (at cafe) makes me feel comfortable...you can't know, yet the paradox ...
Evaluations: 8 submitted
Attendees: 1 facilitator, 24 attendees
It has taken me much longer than usual to write up our Death Cafe from January. Partly because I have been recovering from surgery, and also partly because of what is happening around the world and how this is impacting our work and every aspect of life.
Now more than ever, it feels so much more vital to have conversations about life and death. And in a world where we seem to be so restricted in how we live our lives, questions about how we make the most of this precious life that we have under ...
There were 27 of us present for most of our first virtual Death Café hosted on Zoom!
Many of us had not attended a Death Café before. Some had been meaning to for a long time, but found that timings and journeys were hard to manage alongside ‘normal’ life. The extraordinary circumstances created by Covid-19 brought us together…
I began the meeting by giving a brief history of the Death Café movement, and outlining the proposed format for the discussion before we all checked-in. We were joined by people calling from the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Hungary, Washington DC, and Orlando FL.
On the call were several End of ...
What an odd, though not happy coincidence. Pennsylvania churches were closing down do to COVID-19 worries. So the event did not occur.
Planning to reschedule for April 11, but this may have to be postponed further.
We had to cancel this Death Cafe die to COVID19. And it would have been such a much needed, lively discussion!! We look forward to our next!!
Hello Death Positive People! Thank you to those who joined the conversations at the March 11th Death Café – Hillsborough (DC-H). We enjoyed wonderful food too – a big “Thank You” to the folks who helped clean up! My apologies this summary took a few days longer than anticipated. Supporting my friends (and creating Legacy projects with them) whose 25-year-old daughter was killed last week in a car accident took priority. Information about the next DC-H, plus others in our area, follows a key-points summary of our 3/11 meeting. Please bear in mind that some links have been shared before but are provided again due to (thankfully) new people ...
In the spirit of wellness and safety,The Charlotte Death Cafe has been canceled for March 18th.
Hope to see you next month and stay safe out there!
Four people met at the restaurant at the Racecourse. All of us had been coming to the Death Cafe almost from its inception. It felt more like a meeting of new friends than a gathering of strangers. While large groups are energising with a wide range of people sharing interesting snippets of information, smaller groups allow for more in depth discussion and the telling of more personal stories. We discussed the rapid decline and death of someone’s wife in the hospital they worked at; another’s experience as a carer of elderly people with its challenges and rewards and the another’s experiences looking after her mother ...
Sixteen of us met at a restaurant at a racecourse. Several people had come to previous Death Cafes, but most people were new. One person received a notification that the event was happening shortly and came immediately. Another came from far out of town. One person, who had been significantly impaired by a motorbike accident, left after a short while saying it was not what they were looking for. Among other things, people spoke about finding meaning in life after the death of a partner; Maori cultural practices around death and dying; near death experiences and people near death hastening their death. Many people expressed gratitude for having ...
Thank you very for coming!
It was great our internationational interchange of ideas and experiences.
We hope to continue sharing about the Death and Life.
See you in next Death Cafe on Thursday 26th March at 7 pm at Teviot Row House New Amphion Cafe
We met this time in the local community centre cafe to explore more relaxed surroundings. Due to the positioning of the tables the acoustics were poor and it was difficult to hear at times- this will be changed so that the tables are more secluded next time.
We covered an interesting range of topics- one lady had written a book following the death of her daughter and found this a helpful focus, another spoke of her grief at being left out of funeral arrangements when her ex-husband died. We talked about relationships in life and in death and different religious beliefs that shape our attitudes towards death and ...
fifteen people attended our first Death Cafe Oulu.
Two thirds of the attendees did find the cafe meeting pleasurable and five people were hesitant and not willing to participate that much. They would have liked to rather have some kind of lecture or initialization with the cafe meeting.
We are continuing the cafes and the spring cafes are scheduled on February, April and May.
Gazala: A very successful evening with a wide range of discussion to include:
- fears about dying
- living life knowing where we are going
- Funeral Plans
- Organ Donation
- Lasting Power of Attorney
- Do not resuscitate
- Advance Planning etc.
Feedback received include - a very worthwhile discussion, a surprisingly enjoyable evening given the topics discussed!