Death Cafe write-ups

East York Death Cafe Write up

Posted by bob paterson-watt on June 27, 2019, 10:19 a.m.

10 of us gathered in a sunlit room at L'Arche Toronto's Gathering Place. Our youngest participant was 11, and we went up from there to 65. We were a good mix of ages, ethnic and religious backgrounds, socio-economic realities, work experience, physical and mental wellness.

We talked about choices, losses, griefs, direct experience and/or accompaniment of/during the death of loved ones, our own fears and preparation and struggle as we face death ourselves.

We spoke about the role memory plays in both the lead-up to death and beyond.

We talked about suicidal ideation and suicidal tragedy, from grade school up through elder adults.

We ...

Death Cafe Ogden Utah Write up

Posted by Nichole Sorensen on June 24, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

I had actually attempted to delete this particular cafe but the owner of the shop still wanted me to hold something so i did not advertise it as a death cafe. She wanted me to specifaclly talk about paganism and death specifaclly and you guys say no on having a structure topic. I dont know if it was the air but people some people did not understand the idea of a general discussion. They thought they were coming to a grief group and I even had a guy get over emotional and hostile (almost had to ask him to leave the shop). We talked about what people blieved ...

Carmel Death Cafe Write up

Posted by evoci on June 19, 2019, 1:31 p.m.

Ten people met for the Cafe on a rainy Sunday afternoon but our spirits were happy and the conversation was lively, and respectful.  We discussed Near Death experiences, funerals vs celebrations of life, and the changing legal landscape of physician assisted end of life care.  

Comments from writen evaluations include:  Three words the describe my experience:  "enlightening; a sense of community; and heartful sharing. The event went beyond my expectations."

Other comments: "I had a strong sense of community; it was thought provoking and grounding.  Thank you!"

"I want to prepare a to do list in more details so I can be ready as I age and die ...

Death Cafe Iowa Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on June 19, 2019, 1:19 p.m.

For June’s Death Café Iowa we met at Palmers Deli & Market on Ingersoll. Becca Suvalsky (member of the Bereavement Professionals Group) facilitated the group. We had 8 people in attendance, 2 men and 6 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 as an article that was published a number of years ago form the “End Well” conference in San Francisco. The article discussed using natural relaxants such cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms for those suffering. These drugs have been linked to dramatically helping those who are at the end ...

South-East Brisbane Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Jacqui on June 18, 2019, 7:20 a.m.

Ten wonderfully diverse people met up on 13th June on a crisp cool Brisbane evening night... a mixture of ages, genders, interests and life experiences - which blended so well and left people enthused to continue talking about how death and dying are part of life; and how it has affected their lives. How we all need to talk about it. Plan proactively for it. And learn from it. 

As always the topics were wide ranging and included discussions about unexpected and expected deaths and their profound impact upon our lives. Death when young... death when older. The impact of grief and loss not only for the dying person ...

Death Cafe - Visalia Write up

Posted by on June 16, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

This was a beautiful Hygge group with us two veteran cafers, and two other women who find themselves alone after the death of their spouses one by cancer and the other by cardiac arrest. 

Our newcomer had been holding onto our newspaper article in her purse anticipating the event. 

Sharing our experiences with the death stories of our loved ones was beautifully shared in this small group with everyone being heard and appreciated.

One of the take aways from this group is we will talk about our loss for as long as we need to with no judgement or guilt. 

Our next meeting will be held July 13th ...

Death Cafe in Zarautz Write up

Posted by amaiartze on June 10, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

We met 13 people, 9 women and 4 men. It was the first time for some of them, others repeated the experience. All of them came ready to hear and share their experiences about death.

A man shared with the attendees a near death experience he lived 12 years ago. Nevertheless most of the stories are related with mourning experiences. They invite us to live the present moment with more consciousness and to take an active role in our lives, instead a victim.

They spoke about the importance of not to judge and the necessity of changing the social criticism because it increases the suffering.

They said than ...

Death Cafe Nelson Write up

Posted by BarbaraGreene on June 7, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

The conversation that came up at this Death Cafe was invigorating. It was just a small group this time but the experience of being in it was so enriching.

Death Cafe Zumaian Write up

Posted by PAUSA on June 6, 2019, 3:44 a.m.

Ha sido una experiencia maravillosa, nos hemos juntado 14 personas al rededor de una mesa, y con muchas ganas de tener un espacio para hablar de la muerte. 

Han sido dos horas que se nos han hecho cortas, hemos hablado de la propia muerte y de las cosas que cada uno valora ante esto: despederse de la familia, no sufrir, ser dueño de la propia muerte, poder decir adiós, poder morir en paz con la vida que hemos tenido...

Y también hemos hablado del miedo la muerte y de la elección de poder saberlo o no. 

Nos hemos quedado con ganas de más ...

Death Cafe- DPT students-Erie, pa Write up

Posted by hartmann001 on June 1, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Healthcare students often have limited exposure to conversations about death.  While out in clinic, students may have patients that pass away and the students are not always certain how deal with death.  This cafe allowed us to start this conversation before going out to clinic. 

Kuoleman kahvila - Death Cafe Write up

Posted by antifestival on May 29, 2019, 2:23 a.m.



We had three Death Cafe-events in March, April and May 2019 in Kuopio Finland. Each time was different; The people were different, some of them participated twice, most of the people one time. The topics of the discussion varied a lot from practical arrangements related to death to euthanasia and assisted suicide. Some of those who attended the events had been thinking about death a lot, while others had not, but received new sights on the subject. The average number of participants in the events was 20. The participants were very pleased with the events. Many felt that there is far too little talk about death in our ...

Death Cafe Kingston Write up

Posted by Death Cafe Kingston on May 28, 2019, 7:20 a.m.

On Monday 13th May Death Café Kingston launched in the main Guildhall, Kingston Upon Thames.

It was an intimate and interesting afternoon attended by men and women from different backgrounds including palliative care, social work, marketing, mental health, funeral arrangers, Kingston University and Kingston Council.

Tea and cakes were enjoyed by all!

Discussions on a range of issues included death and serious illness, stages of dying, difficulties/ novel aspects of arranging and attending funerals, natural burial, death of a pet and the grieving process. Everyone made contributions that were listened to and valued by others and it was a privilege to participate to hear people’s thoughts ...

Death Cafe | Lancaster Public Library Write up

Posted by BLLLINK on May 27, 2019, 6:38 a.m.

18 persons attended the evening Death Cafe at the downtown Lancaster Public Library. A broad range of age demographics opened conversations that were quite interesting and diverse.

This was the second Death Cafe at the Library.

Death Cafe Oxnard Write up

Posted by Robin Fontana Kent on May 25, 2019, 8 p.m.

Oxnard’s second Death Café was well attended, with 14 participans.  It was the first Death Café experience for seven of them. Topics discussed included pet deaths, disposition alternatives, children and death, and being a caregiver to the dying. Tea and two cakes were offered, and one person brought a Death Café cookie of doom. There was much more laughter than tears at this Café, and many stayed to talk after the official end. 

Deloraine Death Cafe Write up

Posted by chriscross on May 22, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

The Deloraine and Area Palliative Care committee hosted this event in the beautiful new curling rink and community hall complex.  It was the perfect venue and the evening was a great success by all accounts.  Those in attendance said that they were so pleased to have a safe space to come and talk openly about a topic that we tend to avoid.  The committee members provided fabulous snacks and beverages which is always so nice and helps to keep things "real".  Almost all of the participants said they would encourage others to attend a death cafe given the opportunity and used words such as calming, helpful, and interesting ...

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