Death Cafe write-ups
As this was my first Death Cafe, it couldn't have gone any better. Only one person (and myself) showed up. This worked out wonderful as she is an old friend whom I have always admired so the conversation flowed beautifully. Her dog had recently died and she was greiving. We were both happy with how it went. She said she'll come to the next one as "it's something we should all be talking ablout."
As for me, I agree with my friend. I also have much to learn.
We held an informal death cafe on Aug 26th where 7 people attended. We discussed issues relating to undertakers, palitive care professionals, Avoiding Death and not turning from all that's dying. We spoke about facing it and mourning it. Grieve it. Let it blow your heart open. This is the doorway to a new world.
We will continue to look at new ideas of death and how other are thinking about this subject . What new things can each of us learn and discover
A lovely group of 7 people (including two facilitators) - we had a great time talking about various topics such as supporting a dying friend, how other people support us during bereavement, pet loss and pet therapy at the end of life. We also touched on how social media distorts our perception of death i.e. teenage suicides, or famous deaths being almost glamourized.
Overall a very insightful conversation with positive feedback from the attendees.
We gathered in Clifton Hill today to mark Dying to Know Day 2022. Nine of us shared our thoughts and listened to each other speak from the heart about all things End of Life and Death.
Grieving our loved humans and pets was a common theme today ...Stories about the challenges and the beauty in being with the dying. Staying grounded and open while the emotions of others around you are roller coasting.
A huge takeaway for me was the understanding of how life is made up of many deaths ..as we experience the cycles of life and move through the decades we grieve losses and embrace new ...
14 of us joined in a discssion on the silence around talking about death. It was a varied conversation tonight, very tender in parts.
Thank you to all who attended.
Another succesful Death Cafe of 11 people in total. Feedback was postive and people are definitely get something out of attending. Discussions ranged from personal stories of death of a loved one, near death experiences and what happens after death, Hospice and suports available to the dying and their families.
Thank you everyone for coming.
After not having had a Death Cafe for over a year it was great to meet again. There were 18 (including the two facilitators), all of us women, regulars and new comers. The lively and engaging discussion included, end of life choice, what do you do when someone dies, unexpected death and post mortems, what makes a good or bad death. The feed back was unanimously positive about the event, the negatives were about noise and difficulty hearing for some. We tried a new venue and as with all past venues the noise (cafe's are noisey) is the one negative. This venue fully supported and encouraged Death ...
The first Death Cafe session in Dunstable went much better than expected. There were a couple of reservations in advance but after we started we had gotten to a nice group of 9 (including the facilitator).
The topics we discussed were funeral rites in different cultures and religions, we touched upon the topic of cremation vs. burial, as well as what does it mean to respect the wishes of the dead when planning a funeral.
Overall it was a rich discussion and everyone's feedback was overwhelmingly positive. It is a relief as we have been planning on having the meetings on a monthly basis but were not ...
We had 16 people total (counting the two of us as facilitators) and had a lively discussion of experiences, hopes, fears, and thoughts about death and dying. The post-event evaluations were unanimously positive and at the end of the session, the group wanted to meet again with the same people. We told them that there was a wait-list of people in the building who wanted to attend and who would get first crack at the next one in about a month. But again, feedback was overwhelmingly positive and folks were quite appreciative of the chance to talk in a safe place.
Lori and Jim hosted this June Death Cafe.Past feedback requested we remain in one room instead of Breakout room We welcomed 3 regualr attendees and 3 new. We are west coast, east coast, and mid west.
Topics on the minds and in the hearts for discussion: end of life planning, grief, and caring for another at end of life.
Appreciation for a space to listen and be heard, validation of "I am not alone" The next Scheduled Death Cafe Albany, CA PDT is July 24th.
A lovely group of people of different ages and backgrouds came to this Death Cafe in St Albans. These are some of their comments on the evaluation form; 'very useful and interesting forum', 'Lovely to talk openly with other people about death', Really enriching experience - it opened my eyes to other peoples views', 'It made me think about writing a will'.
Seven people attended our Death Cafe on 22 June 2022 in Kangaroo Point Brisbane, Australia. Conversation flowed freely for the full 90 minutes. Participants look forward to attending again on a regular basis. They appreciated the respect that filled the space, the sense of connection and the freedom to share with like-minded people about dying and death. It was felt that from talking about each others vulnerabilities around the topic of death, they could more easily identify what their needs were to approach their own inevitable death and the deaths of loved ones. They were pleased to receive relevant information and direction to resources to help fill their ...
We are taking a break from offering Death Cafe Cymru for a while over the summer. Please check the deathcafe.com website for more updates towards the Autumn period.
Best wishes to all.
Sarah and Brigid.
The FSJ Palliative Care Society hosted a small (11 people) but successful Death Cafe on June 1st. The cafe, guided by Roz Smith - a local counsellor, had shorter but free flowing conversation about death and dying and how its impacts our lives.
Participants moved from group to group with about 4/5 changes during the course of the evening. Conversations were focussed on the impact death has in our lives but the actual topics were very diverse, as is to be expected when addressing such a complex topic.
Participants agreed that this was a worthwhile endevour and so we will plan to have about 3 Death Cafes over ...
We had a very heartwarming evening for our first Death cafe in Drogheda. 14 attendees, on top of 2 facilitators. Interesting topics for discussion including legacy and how we would like to be remembered, the importance of being prepared in terms of wishes and planning, options for funerals now that less traditional routes are becoming more mainstream, some interesting resources and books available online on death in general, the traumas that stay with us from our exposure to death from childhood. A huge thanks to the Rugby club for sponsoring the venue.