Death Cafe write-ups


Online Death Cafe Cymru BST Write up

Posted by Sarah Hillcoat on May 22, 2022, 4:15 a.m. 1 comment

An interesting cafe with diverse topics including: 

end of life care; non-religious pastoral support; in contrast to the past, lack of time or training for clinical staff to support the dying; sharing someone’s last moments as an honour; families reacting differently to talking about death; accepting without judgement, people’s wish not to talk about death; birth and death as  experiences common to all of us; advance care planning; different cultural reactions and rituals surrounding corpses; the importance of celebrating someone’s life; situations of denial around dying and death.


Death Cafe - New River Valley Write up

Posted by Rev. Jamie McReynolds on May 16, 2022, 8:34 p.m.

We had 18 people meeting in person at the Christiansburg, VA library. We had a good discussion about our personal experiences of death and dying. It was co-sponsored by the local funeral consumers alliance. We had a great selection of snacks including cucumber sandwiches.


Death Cafe Hoxton London Write up

Posted by Abi on May 9, 2022, 9:48 a.m.

A beautiful, relaxed evening of honest and thoughtful conversation with an intimate and interesting group of folk. Grateful to all those that participated and shared helpful feedback.


Tucson Online MDT Friendly & Fearless Death Cafe Write up

Posted by TucsonFFDeathCafe on May 8, 2022, 12:47 p.m.

“Death is a wonderful motivator. It incentivizes me to live life as best as I possibly can.” “I want to die like my dog.” Well considered wisdom from recent Café goers. Thinking about our lives, how we may leave this life, and what others may say when we’re gone are some of the big questions that come up at Death Cafes. Reflecting on our thoughts about them in community can take courage and speaks of care for ourselves and others. Death Café’s as a safe respectful place to do this is a welcome respite for many.

 

“I want to leave a positive legacy…. not one that ...


Tucson Online MDT Friendly & Fearless Death Cafe Write up

Posted by TucsonFFDeathCafe on May 1, 2022, 12:33 p.m.

“I’m wearing my high heels every day!” A recent Café goer declared this in telling the story of how a stroke fueled her zest for life. After her father died, another attendee shared that she had repeated clear as day visits from him and other loved ones. We may think of death as something, well, dead, static and inert. That seems far from what we actually experience in death interactions. A brush with death can alter the course of our lives bringing laser clarity to how we wish to live, while death of loved ones can send tremors through our known worlds, and after death communications can ...


Death Cafe Hoxton London Write up

Posted by PeKo on April 27, 2022, 12:44 p.m.

I came by at 6:40pm the Kafe is closed and neibhouring business said they're closed. Not sure if it's cancelled or venue changed. I am new and didn't know if I had to register.


Online Death Cafe Cymru BST Write up

Posted by Sarah Hillcoat on April 23, 2022, 1:44 p.m.

A peaceful and inspiring session again.

Some of the topics which came up were: supporting friends who are ill and the power of friendship, especially for the childless; the space created by grief, characterised by vulnerability and openness to personal growth; honouring the dead by planting trees and shurbs; near death experiences; the precariousness of life; the unconditional love of parents; taking time to be with the person who has died; sudden death versus anticipatory death; parental loss and implications for those next in line.


Death Cafe Kiel Write up

Posted by KatrinMona on April 22, 2022, 2:15 a.m.

Our first Death Cafe in Kiel took place last night - we met at 6pm with 12 people in total (14 had registered) and just like in the guidelines, time flew by.

We agreed that we would host another one in this part of town - 21 July - and the person whose venue we were able to use has also let us know that other parts of town are interested.

Safe to say, we think we got off to a good start and look forward to future events!

We took no photos.

The evaluation forms were very positive.

Katrin


Virtual Death Cafe EDT Write up

Posted by suemannell on April 11, 2022, 4:09 p.m.

13 people registered for this Death Cafe, which included participants from Canada and the U.S., from students to seniors.  Over an hour and a half, we discussed grief, multiple losses, terramation, mental health, out of body experiences, differences in bereavement experiences, recent loss, Death Doulas, the importance of ritual, and more.

Participants shared experiences, asked questions, exchanged emails, and posted helpful or informative websites in the chat.  Most spoke, all listened, some were teary, we had a few laughs.  Closed off our rich time together with a candle light ritual and blessing.   Looking forward once again to next month!


Death Cafe Hoxton London Write up

Posted by Abi on March 31, 2022, 2:19 p.m.

 

To those that did brave the chilly evening to attend the first Death Cafe at Curious Yellow Kafe, I am proud and humbled by this evening of conversation.

We had 13 attendees, all experiencing their first ever Death Cafe event. Conversations included stories and experiences with funeral directors, funerals and deaths during COVID restrictions, old and new grief and how others respond to our grief, caring for the dying and how to live with death in our everyday life. 

Thanks to all that shared, were vulnerable, respectful, kind and brave. From the responses, I am pleased that attendees got a lot from the evening. I intend to host ...


Lunchtime Death Cafe Chelmsford Write up

Posted by Jane Iskander on March 25, 2022, 1:32 p.m.

The Ideas Hub Chelmsford Death Café 25-03-22

Facilitated by Jane Iskander

 

Today we held a lovely Death Café, an opportunity for people to come together in a relaxed environment to talk about death. This Death Café is kindly hosted by The Ideas Hub, who also provide tea, coffee and biscuits.  At this monthly lunchtime event, the conversation flowed, covering a range of topics, with plenty of laughter too!

The discussion touched on many matters, talk of wills and why many of us find it difficult to ‘ get around to writing a will, are we afraid that writing a will means we are ready to die, or will die ...


Online Death Cafe Cymru BST Write up

Posted by Sarah Hillcoat on March 22, 2022, 3:57 a.m.

Another respectful, profound and illuminating discussion took place at this, our seventh Online Death Café Cymru.

Some of the topics which came up were: children and death; military deaths; deaths in space; the right to die, including dying young; the desire to curate our own death and those of others; communicating wishes about those left behind when we die, including and especially pets; primal instincts in humans; films about dying and death.


Death Cafe a Figueres Write up

Posted by CristinaGomez on March 20, 2022, 6:26 a.m.

El passat dissabte 19 de març ens vam ajuntar 8 persones de diferents edats, professions i interessos per conversar tranquil·lament sobre la mort. 

Va ser un espai molt enriquidor on vam poder compartir experiències personals, diferents punts de vista i, fins i tot, anègdotes gracioses.


March Online Death Cafe CST Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on March 17, 2022, 10:09 a.m.

For our March Death Café, we met via Zoom and Jennifer Leatherby from the Iowa Death Collective facilitated. They were assisted in facilitation by Buffy Peters from the Bereavement Professionals Group. We had a group of five individuals. We had two individuals join us from out of state, one from the West coast and the East coast and the other individuals joined from Iowa.

We began our group by talking about the history of Death Café’s and how the discussions have changed over the years. As a group we reflected on the opportunities Covid-19 has brought to our Death Café. Our group has grown into a community ...


Online Death Cafe, Albany, CA PST Write up

Posted by merav on March 8, 2022, 10:38 a.m.

Lori and Jim have hosted this cafe monthly since August 2021 on Zoom. Please join us in March, 4th Sunday, 4PM PST. 

Breakout rooms enable us to divide the 16 participants in 2 smaller groups facilitated by Jim and Lori. Participants from across US and Canada. Age range 20s - 80s

Feedback forms received expressed: 

"A chance to meet new people, some I know from past Cafe too. Time to listen and speak. Accepting and warm atmosphere" and went on to write: "Some increase in anxiety of need for prep, and some acceptance of this is my work and I wanna use time to be living."

"went smoothly. much ...


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