Death Cafe Luz

A write up of Death Cafe Luz

By Natercia

The first Death Café in Praia da Luz, Algarve was facilitated yesterday by Natercia Godinho Walsh at Madrugada's premises. Six wonderful ladies participated in a conversation about death. Several points were raised:

1) Hospitals and lack of support for people in their final stages of life

2) Fear of ageing and how to care for loved ones whilst respecting their wishes

3) Family conflict when a family member refuses to be hospitalised

4) What is it like to be dead and to live again. It was mentioned it is peaceful and wonderful on the other side. Loss of fear of dying

5) Continuing bonds with the departed and stronger connections with the dead

6) Possibilities to prepare for own death

7) Ways to support loved ones when they are dying

8) How to find joy in death

It was a close cosy group, with tearful moments. Upon closure, the group realized how important it is to talk about death and how we need to continue to bring this reality to our community and beyond. We left feeling light and content.


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