Death Cafe Kingston Jan 27th
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 dying.
We discussed funerals of course and in particular "body disposal". One participant had written her dissertation on different methods of burial including shrouds and mushroom suits that prompted discussion on burial v cremation and more eco-friendly methods in the light of climate emergency.
It was a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon.
If you wish to hear more about Death Cafes please watch my recent TEDxKingston talk;
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE CANCELLED THE NEXT DEATH CAFE ON MARCH 23RD ON ADVICE DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS BUT ANTICIPATE MAY 18TH WILL GO AHEAD