Death Cafe write-ups

Death Cafe Whangarei no#9 Write up

Posted by Jo Moselen on Nov. 11, 2019, 8:25 p.m.

We met at another new venue for our 9th Death Cafe, at this venue we were able to occupy a room to ourselves, although that did not achieve a quieter space as comments were made to it being a bit airless and echoed. We were 15 in number including 2 of us hosting the café. There were 5 people who had not joined us before.

We started with introductions and how people were feeling at that time about life and or death.

One person had recently experienced the death of a partner and shared her feelings of lack of support and the difficulty she experienced with the ...

Colliers Wood Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Cecilia H on Nov. 10, 2019, 3:39 a.m.

6 of us met for the September meeting of the CWDC together with a lemon and blackcurrant sponge!  3 of us had attended a Death Café before.  We began by asking ourselves where we are with death and dying, grief and loss…


Themes to emerge from our discussion:

Rituals – and the containment they can offer.  The Catholic traditions observed in Goa, India and the Maori tradition in New Zealand.  The gender split that remains strong in both traditions with men and women occupying different domains.


Our loss of the external markers of grief and mourning – the argument for re-introducing something akin to the armband – might a ‘mood badge ...

Colliers Wood Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Cecilia H on Nov. 9, 2019, 3:09 p.m.

6 of us met for the October meeting of the CWDC to which we welcomed along 2 newcomers both of whom were attending a Death Cafe for the first time.  We introduced ourselves and reflected on where we are with the subjects of death and dying whilst sharing a zingy lemon drizzle cake inspired by Mary Berry.

Themes to emerge from our discussion:

The unspeakable quality and seemingly unacceptable nature of grief and bereavement.  How difficult it is to find meaningful compassionate responses in the face of bereavement.  People’s awkwardness and not knowing how to speak to those who are grieving.  The shaming responses that can result ...

Death Cafe in Zarautz Write up

Posted by amaiartze on Nov. 8, 2019, 10:43 a.m.

Last 5th November we celebrated the 13th Death Cafe in Zarautz. 12 people took part in it: 11 women and one man. We talked about the following issues:

Adults are afraid to talk about illness and death to children and they hide these to them. Is it necessary to educate them in these matters and is it even healthy to cry before them?

·In the pass (50 years ago, more or less) there was the custom of going to see dead people in our country.

·Religion gives hope to people. Those who live out of religion don’t have this support.

·Two women had the experience to accompany ...

Death Cafe Pt Townsend WA Write up

Posted by saseltzer on Nov. 6, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

This was my first Death Cafe and the first one in Pt Townsend, that I'm aware of!! 

10 women showed up and we talked. The conversation tended more toward practical stuff around death than feelings....but that's where it went this time. Everyone is excited to have a Death Cafe to go to and want to do it monthly! 

Death Cafe Dunedin Write up

Posted by welshsh on Nov. 3, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

We met at a new venue this time. As summer approaches, the gorgeous beach front cafe we used to meet at could no longer assure us of a table so we opted for one at the racecourse that could. Perhaps because of the change of venue, or the glorious weather, only four people came. However, having just a few of us meant that each person had lots of time to talk which was wonderful. We spoke about so many things including whether its "normal" to think about death every day; the treasured objects that remind us of dead loved ones; how one can continues to live a full ...

Death Cafe Dunedin Write up

Posted by welshsh on Oct. 30, 2019, 3:34 p.m.

Ten of us met at a Café and spoke about death generally as individuals. However, interestingly, at this Death Cafe, we also spoke about the death of humankind. Perhaps this was because almost half of the group were young – in their late teens or early twenties, and in the context of Youth’s vocal concern globally about climate change, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. Several of the young people who came had no interest in matters relating to death; they were simply accompanying their friend who had. However, over the course of the evening, all of them had experiences to share and views ...

Chambana Death Cafe September 13, 2019 Write up

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Oct. 28, 2019, 11:24 p.m.

We had an amazing conversation amongst the seven of us. A few Topics touched on included memorial jewelry made from ashes, traditional burial and the environment and how archaeologists work with sites where bones are discovered. 

Ibiza Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Ibiza Death Cafe on Oct. 28, 2019, 8:41 a.m.

The staff at Cafe Montesol Ibiza were very helpful and welcoming to the group. This Death Cafe session was a special "Día de los Muertos" edition in honor of the holiday due to be celebrated this week where friends and family who have died are remembered.

Death Cafe Hillsborough Write up

Posted by Neidra on Oct. 24, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

Hello Death Positive People! Thank you to those who joined in the October 9th Death Cafe – Hillsborough (DC-H) which included our *One Year Anniversary* complete with a delicious vegan chocolate cake from the local coop! We also had a drawing for one of three temporary tattoos (full facial Day of the Dead motif) that Neidra donated: Chinwe, Maryann, and Geri were the winners! There were three new people adding to this Death Cafe’s conversations. Fantastic! Spread the word! Information about the next DC-H, plus others in our area, is below. First, a summary of key points we discussed, including links for your further exploration. • Gratitude was expressed ...


Posted by antifestival on Oct. 21, 2019, 4:13 a.m.

We got lot of positive feed back from our Death Cafes that we held on the spring. We decided to have more cafes and organized these on the autumn. We had three of them in total on August, September and October. We had lot of familiar faces during the events, but each time we had lot of new participants and new discussions and opinions. All of our events were fully booked, but we always kept an option for the walk-ins to participate. During our festival week there were over 30 people who took part of the cafe. This worked out well! We hope that someone would continue keeping ...

October Death Cafe Iowa Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on Oct. 16, 2019, 10:54 a.m.

For October’s Death Cafe Iowa we met at Palmers Deli & Market on Ingersoll. Buffy Peters and Becca Suvalsky (members of the Bereavement Professionals Group) facilitated the group. We had three people in attendance, 2 women and 1 man, and participants ranged in ages and professions. Members brought several interesting topics to the group this month.

We have recently noticed a growing number of podcasts that discuss death and dying. One group member started listing to a new podcast called “Last Day” that discusses the opioid epidemic and shares some stories of individual's last day before they died from a drug overdose. Another podcast that was mentioned ...

Death Cafe York Write up

Posted by Sadie on Oct. 16, 2019, 8:14 a.m.

Please join us for a Death Cafe event on campus! 

Death Cafe Oxnard Write up

Posted by Robin Fontana Kent on Oct. 11, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

Oxnard's 3rd Death Cafe had seven people in attendance. Three had never attended a DC before. Participants discussed the fear of miscarriage and the sort of grief that lingers even after a healthy birth.  Participants also talked about sudden, violent death, such as a murder, and how such a death is similar to, yet very different from, more "natural" sorts of deaths. The conversation was very interesting and informative, and a few attendees stayed late to finish discussing their thoughts.

Death Cafe in Nelson, New Zealand Write up

Posted by Kristinerose on Oct. 11, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

It was a small group this month. None present minded this as it allowed for the group to go deeper in discussion and sharing . Suicide was a topic discussed. We, previous to this meeting had a couple of months that our regular meet up did not run. It was exspressed that the break made people loose momentum for coming. It was all regulars this meeting.

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