Death Cafe Cork

A write up of Death Cafe Cork

By Beth Wallace

What an honour and a privilege it was to facilitate Cork's first Death Cafe! 

Approximately 20 people gathered in the cosy & welcoming surroundings of Myo Cafe on the Autumn Equinox. The group varied in age from early 20s to mid 60s, was slightly more female than male, and a mix of at least 7 different nationalities! 

Here's what some of the participants said: 

It was:

warm, interesting, educational, relaxed, cosy, intimate, surprising, friendly, natural, healing, insightful, pleasant, enjoyable, sociable, ground breaking, different, expansive, challenging, safe, hard, easy

Here's what some participants said to people thinking about coming to a Death Cafe:

''Please go!''

''It is a brilliant experience''

''Come along, it's good to verbalise your ideas about death''

''It's brilliant''

''It very much depends on the group''

''It's a safe place to discuss a taboo, and this experience itself is very healing''

What struck me most was the intimacy of the evening - people, many of whom didn't know each other, sharing thoughts, ideas, stories, experiences & information about something not usually discussed in our society. And when we share our thoughts and feelings, particularly about things that scare us, we create vulnerability, and that's the essence of intimacy, which is what I witnessed last night with such beauty & tenderness. 

Thank you to all who came and to all who thought about coming! Maybe you'll join us next time. 

Beth Wallace

Death Cafe Facilitator

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