Death Cafe write-ups

Death Cafe Erie PA Write up

Posted by RevCharlieErie on March 21, 2020, 8:54 p.m.

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.


Thamesford Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Chcannon on March 19, 2020, 8:36 p.m.

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!!

Charlotte Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Gaye Dimmick on March 17, 2020, 2:48 p.m.

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!

Death Cafe Dunedin Write up

Posted by welshsh on March 15, 2020, 4:45 p.m.

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 ...

Death Cafe Dunedin Write up

Posted by welshsh on March 15, 2020, 4:43 p.m.

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 ...

Death Cafe Edinburgh Write up

Posted by ClauCollado on March 13, 2020, 6:07 a.m.

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

Death Cafe Kingston Write up

Posted by Death Cafe Kingston on March 12, 2020, 9:17 a.m.

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 ...

Death Cafe Oulu Write up

Posted by Solja Peltovuori on March 11, 2020, 4:06 a.m.


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.

Eastbourne Death Cafe Write up

Posted by eastbourne on March 4, 2020, 11:18 a.m.

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

- Wills

- 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!

Ibiza Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Ibiza Death Cafe on March 4, 2020, 9:25 a.m.

Thanks to all that attended Ibiza Death Cafe last week. A last minute change of venue didn't phase us - we were pleased to return to Sal i Reim - a great place for tea, cake and life and death discussions.

Waterloo Death Cafe Write up

Posted by gyantzi on March 3, 2020, 9:42 a.m.

We had a pleasant evening of conversation with enriching interaction at Death Valley's Little Brother Cafe.  The setting was warm with fabulous drinks and goodies available.  Those that gathered were comfortable and shared openly from their personal experiences. We talked about the reactions we get from friends and colleages especially when a spouse dies and how silence from people can feel more isolating than awkward comments.  We were made aware of gifts that death can bring in reminding us to live each day with lightness and more focus on what's really important. New insight was shared on how death changes us emotionally, spiritually and physically while ...

Virtual Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network on March 2, 2020, 1:24 p.m.

Our 3rd Death Cafe was another wonderful evening of great conversations. We had folks join us from here at home (Williams Lake, BC) and from Bulgaria, Australia, Toronto and North Carolina in the US.  

We are continuing with our Virtual Death Cafes as there does seem to be a growing interest.  We'd like to remind folks to TEST the Zoom app before the Cafe event to ensure everything is working on your end. :)  Email us if you have any questions.  Nicola  THANK YOU

Faversham Death Cafe Write up

Posted by ferncounselling on Feb. 29, 2020, 5:54 p.m.

Frustratingly, we actually had to turn people away at our February Death Cafe as we just didn't have the space.  We are so fortunate to have the use of a cosy log cabin in a beautiful walled community garden in Faversham. However, it only holds around 15 people and we had nearly 20 people wanting to come to the Death Cafe (we've the option of a larger space at the Garden for our March Death Cafe).
Despite wariness from some people when putting posters up (that the events would be macabre or depressing), feedback from people who attended has been quite the contrary.  Although there has ...

Colliers Wood Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Cecilia H on Feb. 25, 2020, 8:59 a.m.

We were a small meeting of 5, with several people who had planned to come along unable to at the last minute.  Small numbers notwithstanding, we nonetheless enjoyed a selection of Bakewell Cake, Banana and Chocolate Chip Loaf, and a Vanilla and Chocolate Marble Cake! 


Themes to emerge from the group’s discussion:

The recent and tragic death of Caroline Flack.  The relationship between shame and suicide.  The pressure and isolation of living in the public eye.  Suicide as a final resort for those who feel they have no one to turn to, and nowhere else to go.  Perception as reality.  The privileges of a life more ordinary ...

Colliers Wood Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Cecilia H on Feb. 23, 2020, 9:06 a.m.

10 of us met for the first meeting of the Colliers Wood Death Café to take place in 2020.  We enjoyed 3 varieties of cake, with the Victoria Sponge once again proving to be a hit!

The darkness of January was an opening theme, with people reflecting on their relationship to this time of year, and to winter.


Themes to emerge from our discussion:

The ideas purported by the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement which calls for people to abstain from reproduction to cause the gradual voluntary extinction of humankind in order to prevent environmental degradation.


The relationship between faith, anguish and pain.  The phenomenon on ‘total pain’ recognised ...

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