Let's Talk About Death - Louth
Monday night was Louth’s first Death Cafe.
It was nerve wracking waiting to see if anyone would turn up but by kick off time at 7pm, people had arrived - all wondering what they’d come to.
Kate began the session with a brief background to Death Cafe, its origins ten years ago and subsequent spread worldwide.
After that, everyone was invited to introduce themselves and say something about why they had come along.
What followed was interesting and thought provoking. There were different reasons for coming, some wanting to share experience, others simply wanting to find out more about a subject that feels so avoided in our society that few of us are prepared when it happens to someone we love and most of us are not at all prepared for our own death.
The discussions ranged from how to just ‘be’ with someone, when they are dying, to death customs and practices in other cultures and countries.
We also talked about end of life care, living wills, the right to die with dignity and some of the options around funerals.
Comments in the evaluations were; interesting, enlightening, thought provoking, inclusive, supportive and relaxed, most saying they’d like to come to another Death Cafe and that they’d recommend it to others.
The next one will be in one month, same place, same time, 1st Monday in December (6th).
I really enjoyed our couple of hours together. Other people's experiences and insights are so interesting. Everyone brought something unique to the group.
Posted by Judy Harris