Death Cafe on the phone

The Teleconference went really well.  We managed to have a great, polite and meaningful conversation even though we couldn't see each other!  I'm really glad we did it.


What we talked about:
  • The importance of planning ahead
  • How can we make burial green(er):  Education, Advocacy and Advance Planning (conference flier attached)
  • How to start a Death Cafe (Practice your elevator speech, garner support, approach the media)
  • How to run a death cafe (Small groups, discussion starter questions, etc.)
  • How to sell a pre-purchased niche at a cemetery (Call the cemetery and good luck!)
  • Discomfort dealing with illness and loss and death (see about NPR spot)
  • Be open, factual and kind when talking about death - such good advice in all situations!
  • The three deaths we experience: death of the physical death of the body, the burial and when someone's name is mentioned for the last time
  • Griefwalker is an excellent movie
  • So is Undertaking Betty
  • It's OK to Die, by Monica Williams Murphy, and Knocking on Heaven's Door, by Katy Butler are excellent books
  • Sherwin Nuland, author of How we Die, died 3-3-14

And a recent NPR spot about how its normal to talk about death in LaCrosse, WI.

I probably will do this again sometime.  Let me know if you're interested.


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