Death Cafe write-ups


Online Death Cafe Cymru BST Write up

Posted by Sarah Hillcoat on Oct. 14, 2021, 10:50 a.m.

Online Death Café Cymru 12 October 2021 Report

For this, our second Death Café, we welcomed our regular core attendees and two new faces. The mood this time round was different and so were the topics that came up. The main one was the language of death and dying: euphemisms around death and dying, the language appropriate to talk about suicide, and medical staff – patient conversations. We also reflected on whether it would be helpful to call the event “Life and Death Café Cymru”. In all of these, the need for clear communication and sensitivity to the other was felt to be the common factor.


San Francisco Bay Area Death Cafe Write up

Posted by reens95 on Oct. 1, 2021, 9:17 a.m.

Hi, I'm noreen this will be first time at a Death Cafe ! A little about me is I love cats and hikes 


North East London Death Cafe hosted by Debbie Young & Alberta Gutteridge Write up

Posted by Debbie & Alberta on Sept. 30, 2021, 6:08 a.m.

Saturday 25 September saw the first (we hope) of the North-East London ‘in person’ Death Cafes at the lovely East of Eden café in Walthamstow. Big thanks to Abby and her team for offering us use of the venue. As one of the attendees fedback: ‘East of Eden feels like the perfect venue, calm and reflective…

The online Death Cafes are an amazing experience, but as everyone expressed there is something so different about being in the same space and being ‘in person’.  The connection is more immediate and well, more three dimensional!

As always, the conversations were wide-ranging covering a whole host of thoughts, feelings and topics ...


Cancelled -Alberta Death Cafe Rocky Mountain House Write up

Posted by Michele King on Sept. 29, 2021, 3:01 p.m.

Please be advised thes Death Cafe has been cancelled until further notice. 


HiroGaku Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Steven M on Sept. 28, 2021, 6:55 p.m.

A Death Café was held on the evening on July 26th. 9 students, teachers, and community members gathered to talk about death while drinking tea and eating sweets. This was the second Death Café held at Hirosaki Gakuin University. This Death Café was unique, as it was also live streamed on YouTube, to allow for participation from people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate. Several people from across the country watched the live stream. In the future, it is hoped that it will be possible to create more chances to participate virtually.

 

This second café went well. Participants began the evening by introducing themselves and ...


Death Cafe Wetaskiwin Write up

Posted by Jessica Johnson on Sept. 23, 2021, 11:36 a.m.

We were finally able to meet in person, with masks and social distancing, for the first time in 18 months. We have changed our location to our local Funeral Home, with grateful appreciation for the use of space and beverages. 

It was fantastic to reconnect with old and new faces, and share discussions. We discussed a lot about the effects of COVID and culture on death and the grieving process, and the varying perspectives were very intriguing. 

Our Death Cafe runs for 90 minutes, and guests have asked to move it up to 2 full hours in future - we will remain slotted for 90 minutes, and allow up ...


Online Death Cafe Cymru BST Write up

Posted by Sarah Hillcoat on Sept. 19, 2021, 2:17 p.m. 1 comment

This, our first Death Café, went very well. Topics that arose included: the significance of pets in our lives; how to reach people who don’t want to talk about death; advanced care planning, living wills and enabling difficult conversations; the law on assisted dying in the UK in the light of the BMA’s recent vote not to oppose change; palliative care; juggling the sometimes diverse wishes of family members in funeral planning.

Feedback was positive and included the following comments: refreshing to talk about death; interesting to listen to others and discover commonalities while respecting their otherness; online experience is okay; fascinating in terms of breadth ...


Online Death Cafe Albany PDT Write up

Posted by merav on Sept. 14, 2021, 6:01 p.m.

Lori Goldwyn and Jim Kirkpatrick have joined together offering this Death Cafe on the 4th Sunday of the month @ 4PM PDT, Midnight Irish Time.This August 22nd gathering attracted 28 registrants, majority arrived and around half remained for the duration of the 90 minute cafe. Guests from Australia, New Orleans, Conneticut, and CA. Group divided into half using breakout rooms for 55 minutes. Topics included: talking with loved ones, our children and parents about dying and death. Fears of dying and death. A support system arranged for our time of dying. Maintaing our dignity and capacity. End of life relationship with Medical teams. 

A calm and peaceful atmosphere ...


Death Cafe Hull Write up

Posted by Craig Doyley on Sept. 11, 2021, 12:53 p.m.

Death Cafe in hull went amazing with over 10 members some who had never been to a Death Cafe before, all having a great experience with like minded people. The main topic of conversation brought by the members where funeral plans, what to do with cremated remains and palliative care. 

The photo includes some of the members who enjoyed the event. 


Online Death Cafe Albany PDT Write up

Posted by JimKirkpatrick on Sept. 3, 2021, 1:15 p.m.

Lori Goldwyn and Jim Kirkpatrick have joined together offering this Death Cafe on the 4th Sunday of the month @ 4PM PDT, Midnight Irish Time.This recent gathering attracted 28 registrants, majority arrived and around half remained for the duration of the 90 minute cafe. Guests from Australia, New Orleans, Conneticut, and CA. Group divided into half using breakout rooms for 55 minutes. Topics included: talking with loved ones, our children and parents about dying and death. Fears of dying and death. A support system arranged for our time of dying. Maintaing our dignity and capacity. End of life relationship with Medical teams. 

A calm and peaceful atmosphere throughout ...


Death Cafe Hyde Meeting 1.0 Write up

Posted by Death Cafe Greater Manchester on Sept. 2, 2021, 6:37 a.m.

We hosted our first Death Cafe Hyde meeting on Tuesday. 

 
Considering Death Cafe is a fairly new idea to Hyde and Tameside, we did not really know what to expect…
 
We had advertised in all the local community groups for a month or so via social media channels, even stretching out of the area to Chorlton where there was previously a very active Death Cafe. All the social media advertisement seemed to gain good, positive reactions. 
 
We prepared for Death Cafe on the 31st buying a mass of cake and wine and were promptly set up for 6:30pm. 
 
Initially, just 2 other members of staff from our ...


Face2Face Death Cafe by the Bay Write up

Posted by Jacqui on Aug. 25, 2021, 5:17 a.m.

20 August 2021 - a small intimate group of 6 of us meeting face 2 face which is a joy these days, despite the wearing of indoor masks. Always fascintating people coming to these events. I think they are already the curious and the 'converted' as they are so willing to share amongst strangers. We talked about 

- normalising death, putting one's affairs in order; 

- what is an End of Life Doula

- documents to complete (advance care planning)

- death isn't always scaring and caring for the dying is a privilege

- NDE and not being frightened about dying

- new pathways for learning - meditation, Buddhism etc

- the Banshee wail

- books ...


Online Death Cafe Iowa CDT August Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on Aug. 18, 2021, 12:55 p.m.

For our August Death Café Iowa, we met via Zoom. Buffy Peters from the Bereavement Professionals Group facilitated the group. There were four individuals who attended the Death Café this month which made for a small group with some great conversation. Two attendees were from other states which lead to other great perspectives!

Death is an experience that elicits many feelings. In this week’s group feelings surrounding death were expressed. Some individuals felt a sense of acceptance, adventure, curiosity, and peace in regards to death. Other individuals associate heartbreak and ‘feeling heaving’ with death. An individual expressed that she doesn’t want to do death alone, but ...


Hillsborough Outside & Physically Distanced! Death Cafe - Hillsborough Write up

Posted by Neidra on Aug. 16, 2021, 9:12 p.m.

Hello fellow mortals!

Thank you to the 25 people who were able to brave the heat and joined our death discussions during the August Death Café – Hillsborough (DC-H). Welcome to the *10* new folx! It felt so good to see you all “live and in person” for the first time in 17 months. Can you believe that a regular Zoom attendee drove nearly 400 miles from another state with her daughter so they could meet us in person?! Anne gifted attendees decorated hand fans, complete with a choice of optional sugar skull stickers and, wow, did those fans come in handy as we conversed in the warm shade ...


Death Cafe Tunbridge Wells Online BST Write up

Posted by carmeldunmall on Aug. 15, 2021, 7:11 a.m.

A deep discussion about the silence surrounding death, participants thought this  had improved recently. Conversation surrounding Undertakers services and  buriel tradistions. 


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