Death Cafe write-ups


Charlton MA Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Kathleen Walker on Jan. 17, 2024, 5:17 p.m.

Great meeting with about eight interested people.  We talked about death and life and what it all means. We are meeting every month but will skip December.  


Death Cafe LPCC Write up

Posted by Leeschwa on Jan. 6, 2024, 7:39 a.m.

Another great Death Cafe filled with a variety of conversation. I've titled this post "Where do we go?" because this theme nails the nature of the topics:

- Where do we go in that last ebbing time?

- Where do we go as a generation taking care of older parents- while aging ourselves?

- Where do we go in making living communities that help people have their best last years of this life?

More to come!


Virtual Death Cafe Iowa Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on Jan. 5, 2024, 5:51 p.m.

We had a vitual Death Café on December 19, 2023 via Zoom. Elliott from Iowa Death Collective facilitated the café with two people attending. In our short discussion, we talked about funerals and deaths occurring during the holidays and how people cope. It was also mentioned that sometimes time doesn’t even help enjoy the holidays. This time included a brief conversation about the need for more events pertaining to certain types of causes of death, because people do find comfort being around others who have had similar significant losses. Discussing disposition of our bodies was briefly mentioned. We finished the café discussing requirements for funeral homes in ...


Death Cafe Bendigo Write up

Posted by Bridget on Jan. 5, 2024, 12:23 a.m.

Facilitated by Bridget Allan of Lotus Reflections (Aust) - Death Doula, Meditation Teacher and Reiki Therapist.

2023 was a new beginning for the Death Cafe in Bendigo, Victoria Australia. Generously supported by our venue provider, The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion.

Through these gatherings, we've witnessed the courage and generosity of individuals facing their mortality head-on, embracing the uncertainty with grace and resilience. We've explored the complexities of grief, acknowledging that it's not a linear process but a unique journey for each person.

Our discussions have navigated through the intricacies of sensitive topics, from diagnosis of life threatening and terminal illness to the profound impact of ...


City of Roses Death Cafe Write up

Posted by nomenoyou1 on Jan. 1, 2024, 10:34 a.m.

Our last City of Roses Death Cafe of 2023 was attended by 19 people. We enjoyed a lively discussion of how death has touched us--loss of a childhood friend, sudden loss of a loved one who falls and is dead less than a day later, loss of a parent, a sibling, a chlld. One participant described living through the darkest times of the AIDS pandemic, and then living with those memories.

As usual, we talked about how hard it can be to discuss death: one participant invited a friend who responded that they didn't like the sound of "Death Cafe." Another invited a friend who has a ...


Withington Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Davide Erbogasto on Dec. 28, 2023, 4:48 a.m.

The first Death Cafe at Withington Methodist Church was cosy, with tea, coffee and cake. As it was a new event in the area, the numbers were limited, but two people external to the congregation came, as well as two people from the congregation. The conversation flowed for an hour and people found it really beneficial.


Virtual Death Cafe Iowa Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on Dec. 11, 2023, 2:39 p.m.

We had a virtual Death Café meeting on November 21, 2023 via Zoom. Buffy Peters from Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss was our facilitator. There were a total of five people who joined Buffy online.

During our time, we discussed the importance of finding people who are comfortable talking about death and dying, which Death Café is a comfort zone. It was mentioned that providers having comfort during conversations about death and dying can be valuable for patients and a great resource. Listening is so important while talking to someone about death & dying. We spent time discussing different words used to talk about death, dying, and how ...


Death Cafe Dunedin NZ Write up

Posted by AnkesDeathCafe on Dec. 6, 2023, 4:25 a.m.

Thank you all 11 attendants at today's meeting, the last of 2023! It was a chatty bunch once again, inspiring conversations, interesting views and a circle of open honest communication. What a wonderful group to belong to!
We are now breaking until February 24 and are also planning an additional "walk & talk" meeting at a local cemetery then. Bring your snack, drink (non-alcoholic!) and blanket or folding chair. We will walk first until we find the perfect spot for us to chat in the space of those who have gone before us!
Watch the space for announcements in January!
Meanwhile: have a very Merry Christmas and New ...


Shepherdstown WV Death Cafe: Tea, Cake and Conversation Write up

Posted by Tracy Seffers on Dec. 5, 2023, 12:58 p.m. 2 comments

   For our inaugural offering, we had 11 community members come for tea and cake (gratefully received), amazing conversation, and not a little laughter.

   Tracy opened the session with a reading of Mary Oliver's "When Death Comes".

   The usual round of introductions included an invitation to "tell us why you are here" - prompting lovely stories, with much head nodding and affirmation around the circle.

   Questions ranged from, "Why do we not want to tell people that we are sick until it's too late?" to "What do you want to come back as in your next life?"

   Several wonderful books were mentioned as resources:

  • "The Book of Two ...


Washington DC Congressional Cemetery Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Laura Lyster-Mensh - HCC on Nov. 20, 2023, 4:59 p.m.

It was a lively conversation visited by several dogs who ran into the chapel curious about what we were doing. With lovely sweet snacks provided by the Congressional Cemetery staff, we settled in to conversation that circled and grew. Even the silences were thoughtful.

What an impactful evening. Thank you to all who come out.


City of Roses Death Cafe Write up

Posted by nomenoyou1 on Nov. 19, 2023, 6:46 p.m.

Saturday afternoon 24 of us gathered for tea, cake and gluten free cookies. Our large group touched on the difficulty some people have responding to us when we mention a seriously ill family member or a death that we are grieving; how to develop meaningful rituals celebrating a life; and the pain that a life ended by suicide can leave in its wake. Several of us described the impact of living through the AIDS pandemic has had on us.

Thanks to the generosity of QM we had not one, but two chocolate cakes to enjoy. Thanks to the thoughtfulness of others, the dishes were washed and dried and ...


Death Cafe Whangarei Write up

Posted by Jo Moselen on Nov. 19, 2023, 6:01 p.m.

We were a group of seven women who gathered at The Fat Camel Café in Whangarei, NZ, the third time we have gathered at this venue. We don’t ask for RSVP’s, so it’s always surprise as to how many people will attend. I was the facilitator (Jo Moselen) along with support from my colleague Jo Samuel. Being a small group with most people knowing each other or at least acquainted in some way it was a relaxed an intimate gathering where we discussed, End of life choice - how it is and isn't working, the work underway to support an advanced directive for Dementia in ...


Death Cafe in Oval, London Write up

Posted by Poetra on Nov. 17, 2023, 11:43 a.m.

After my brother died I sought out music, films and theatre plays on grief, death, loss etc. I came across Bella Beesom's one-woman play "My World Has Exploded A Little Bit" about the deaths of her parents, and in particular father. I went and saw her at the Oval Theatre.

 

After the play she announced a Death Cafe the following weekend. Never heard of a "death cafe" and registered. Several people signed up, but it ended up only Be;;a and myself chatting. Been to several Death cafe's since and everyone is very uniques and recommendable. Thanks again.

 

Petra


Death Cafe: Hatfield MA Council on Aging Write up

Posted by LCHummel on Nov. 7, 2023, 10:52 a.m.

The Hatfield, MA, Senior Center Death Cafe was held on Nov 2, 2023. Fifteen older adults met to discuss death and our common mortal experience over the traditional coffee and cake. Individuals voiced curiosity and a desire to talk about a subject that is often feared and avoided. Topics included the meaning of a "good death", self determined life closure, and planning for one's eventual demise. Ways to discuss one's end of life care wishes with loved ones was explored, as well as using humor to offset the pangs of dying and grief.

Discussion was engaging, spirited and supportive, and those in attendance welcomed this opportunity ...


Brattleboro VT October Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Denise Glover on Oct. 31, 2023, 8:02 a.m.

The Death Cafe  was attended by eleven open-hearted people. We sat around the table and took turns sharing thoughts, feelings, experiences, and questions about death, dying, and grief. 

 
Here are a few things that were shared: 
 
-"After my loss, I appreciated being asked 'How is your grieving going today?'"
 
-Musing on being near the end of life, questions to ask oneself- "What did I take? What did I leave? What will I keep?"
 
-A question was asked about what to do with very personal journals that you wouldn't want read by anyone, but you aren't ready to get rid of them just yet. The suggestion offered ...


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