Death Cafe write-ups

Death Cafe in Prescott, Az Write up

Posted by pattimichelle on Sept. 13, 2019, 12:31 p.m.

Although it says this Death Cafe is past, it is ongoing on every second Thursday of the month.  It is well-attended.

Death Cafe in Columbia Write up

Posted by BLLLINK on Sept. 13, 2019, 8:02 a.m.

Our first Death Cafe in Columbia, PA was a success. A small group met at Rosie’s Cafe, where we shared engaging - and often laugh-out-loud funny - conversation while sharing one of our most elaborately decorated cakes to-date. 

Queen's Hospital Death Cafe Romford Write up

Posted by Gemma Norburn on Sept. 8, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Unfortunately this event did not post before it took place! However it was a good event, we had a press write up which was great and can be seen here :

A small group once again, but I enjoy the smaller groups as much as the larger ones because it can feel like a much closer discussion. Topics covered were quite clinical relating closely to palliative care and how end of life care works. I found it very interesting and learnt a lot, I hope others did too! 

Chambana Death Cafe August 31, 2019 Write up

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Sept. 3, 2019, 6:26 a.m.

We met at Unity Church and Spiritual Center. There were ten of us and a few people who were new to the conversation.

We talked about green burials and places like Circle Santtuary to bury people who are Pagan. We talked about the utility of buying books that were fill in the blank for our care after death.

People discussed what can be done with ashes whether or not they are scattered on land and water or made into diamonds. One person brought up the idea that a box of cremains spilled at home and w geneally agreed that people can hold onto cremains too long and it ...

Death Cafe - Visalia Write up

Posted by on Sept. 2, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Sorry for the late review.

Our August cafe was interesting as always with a small group.

Our conversation veered towards animals and our love for them. Sometimes people grieve their animals more than their relatives. We looked at that and why that would be the case. 

As we tried to answer this question again it was initiated with our first death experience as a child where the children were not allowed at the funeral, and the grown ups didn't address the issue of death with the young children in the family.

I am grateful for the time we shared together and look forward to another cafe 9 ...

Ibiza Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Ibiza Death Cafe on Aug. 28, 2019, 9:32 a.m.

The second Ibiza Death Cafe done! A wonderful mixture of nationaliies which made for insightful discussions. We look forward to the next event!

Death Cafe Liverpool Write up

Posted by Jamie on Aug. 23, 2019, 10:08 a.m.


Death Cafe Evaluation Summary

Evaluations:  9 submitted

Attendees:  1 facilitator, 10 attendees


Tusk Baltic very kindly hosted our Death Cafe here in Liverpool. This had been advertised through Facebook and through sign ups of people interested over quite a long period of time. There were nine participants, although a number who wanted to attend were unable to, and some of those who initially had booked, did not come along. This might have been due to the fact that the weather was absolutely beautiful!


Jamie Fearn was the facilitator, and brings her experience of bereavement counselling, volunteering for Samaritans and non-religious pastoral support work to the role. Although this ...

Death Cafe Iowa Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on Aug. 22, 2019, 11:50 a.m.


For Augusts Death Café Iowa we met at Palmers Deli & Market on Ingersoll. Buffy Peters and Becca Suvalsky (member of the Bereavement Professionals Group) facilitated the group. We had 8 people in attendance, 3 men and 5 women, and participants ranged in ages and professions.


Members brought several interesting topics to the group this month.

Several group members brought things to discuss such how religion influences our feelings about death, leaving a legacy, and ceremonial traditions after someone has died. Another group member brought up the book “Finishing Strong” by Barbara Coombs Lee which sparked a lot of conversation about the organization “Compassionate Choices” and member’s opinions ...

Colliers Wood Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Cecilia H on Aug. 22, 2019, 6:34 a.m.

Five of us attended the June meeting of CWDC including two people who had not joined us before.  We shared a Coffee and Walnut cake.  

Themes to emerge from our discussion:

How well, or badly, do we deal with death?
Different cultural perspectives and practices.

How do we prepare for death, and how might this influence or affect how we grieve?

How do we mark our relationships with the dead?  Visiting a loved one's grave.

How do we start these conversations?  Setting an example perhaps more effective in certain situations.  Getting our own houses in order.  Where are we with our own preparation?
What does an executor ...

Colliers Wood Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Cecilia H on Aug. 22, 2019, 6:10 a.m.

4 of us attended including one person for whom it was their first time attending a Death Cafe.  We shared a generously iced carrot cake (GAIL's Bakery recipe).  We opened the meeting with a brief reminder about confidentiality and respect for people's stories.
Themes emerging from our discussion:
Crisis situations and hasty decisions - the importance of choice, autonomy, and independence, and the role of an informed advocate in an emergency medical/hospital scenario.
Tragic unexpected and unplanned-for deaths vs. Statement of Wishes - why do we not get prompted to give this thought as we take out a mortgage or write our Wills?
A parent's rights ...

Colliers Wood Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Cecilia H on Aug. 22, 2019, 5:55 a.m.

This meeting marked our first birthday or the anniversary of our opening the CWDC.  5 of us met, including 2 of us who had not attended before and we enjoyed a delicious Victoria sponge!  Of the newcomers, one person was totally new to Death Cafe, and another was a researcher for whom it was her 8th time at a London Death Cafe.
Themes emerging from our discussion:
The importance of having spaces to reflect on our relationship with the one inevitability in life.  The taboos around talking about death.  People's difficulty / reluctance / refusal to approach the subject.  People feeling very uncomfortable for the topic of conversation to ...

Colliers Wood Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Cecilia H on Aug. 22, 2019, 5:36 a.m.

Three of us met and began our discussion exploring where each of us find ourselves in relation to death and dying, and what it is that we have been thinking about.

Wills, Executors, and Powers of Attorney are things that we have been giving a lot of consideration to, both at Death Cafe and elsewhere.  
We went on to talk about the regularity with which things seem to come out when someone has died, and our shared experience of secrets and surprises after death.  We spoke about the importance of finding opportunities to share our wishes with those we care about ahead of time.
We spent some time ...

Death Cafe Albany hosted by Kate Write up

Posted by DeathCafeAlbany on Aug. 21, 2019, 5:56 p.m.


We had such a beautiful location- This chapel is full of Tiffany Windows!The woodworking and all the touches were exquisite. It was a cool-ish day, but we  satt farthest from the open door. We wanted that huge wood door to be open to welcome any late comers.

We ended up just making one small discussion group of 5. It was nice to be so intimate as we had Jen Ward, the librarian from Bach Branch for Albany, who would start hosting her own Death Cafes.  So Carla and Kate (the current co-hosts) could answer her concerns of what a host does and doesn’t do. We also ...

Death Cafe Albany Write up

Posted by DeathCafeAlbany on Aug. 21, 2019, 5:44 p.m.


We had a nice group of 13 folks gathered in Guilderland Library's largest room. As usual, we sat in groups of 4. People were so involved in their group talks we could hardly break away to share with the others some of what each group discussed. We had people volunteer to scout locations, help host the next one. We even have a couple that professionally designed our flyer for our next one on Monday evening - September 23rd Death Cafe!


Upminster Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Gemma Norburn on Aug. 14, 2019, 4:45 p.m.

The August 2019 Upminster Death Cafe was a surprise success as I feared due to the summer holidays people might have been away or not come. I was pleasantly surprised by the fab turnout and that we had a few new attendees too. A great range of topics discussed but a particular highlight was the topic raised by one attendee of the idea of a ‘death day’ each year. Very interesting! 

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