Death Cafe write-ups

Lewes Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Lewes Death Cafe on May 4, 2024, 3:25 a.m.

Lewes Death Cafe is now meeting monthly at the House of Friendship. The number of attendees varies and all meetings have received positive feedback. 

Death Cafe North Canterbury Write up

Posted by Death Cafe North Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand on May 2, 2024, 3:51 a.m.

It’s beginning to get a little cooler now and, as often, the Kaiapoi library is such a great venue for Death café along the river. We had a small group today, just four of us, all women – and one returning attendee, which is always lovely.

The vibe was calm and thoughtful and being a small group allowed us to dig deeper into some interesting topics, we talked a lot about “who owns the dying process?” – by which we explored all aspects of being close to someone who is dying – do they know they’re dying; do they have the right to know? do they want to know ...

Heart of Newhaven Death Cafe Write up

Posted by LomondBob on April 30, 2024, 7:44 a.m.

12 people attended. A couple of returns; all others new.

A variety of subjects disussed. One difficult discussion as attender recently bereaved and had had little opportunity to talk about the loved one.

Positive feedback. Tendency to drift off topic on one table.

Virtual Death Cafe Albany, CA USA PDT Write up

Posted by JimKirkpatrick on April 29, 2024, 11:37 a.m. 1 comment

In attendance participants from USA, we regularly gather here on 4th Sunday of the month. Our time is a mixture of quiet, speaking, and quiet. All are invited to speak of what is on their minds and hearts. All of us mortals with awareness and experiences of loving another who had died. 

Manly NSW Death Cafe Write up

Posted by mknight on April 27, 2024, 6:40 p.m.

Our April Death Café kicked off in fabulous style in the Creative Library, described by one attendee as a “brilliant space for sharing!” and as usual, those who were meant to be there, were.

Our conversation was stimulating, uplifting, confronting, joyful, reflective and warm, and covered such topics as the meaning of death and the afterlife, continuity of consciousness and notions of an afterlife, death anxiety, how death impacts us.  

Some observations on how attending the Death Café affected their feelings about death and life included people realising they need to remember to enjoy life and to not ‘sweat the small stuff’, realising that other people are actually ...

Swanage Death Cafe Write up

Posted by peterneall on April 15, 2024, 2:05 a.m.

Seven guests, a host and a facilitator met on the afternoon of Friday April 12th 2024 at The Hub in Swanage.

The facilitator introduced the event with a short history of Death Cafe's and an agreement on Ground-rules. 

THen the discusion included all the guests and topics ranging from fear r of death, terror in the face of it, the joy of being fully present at the death of a loved one nd so on. One guest commented on the joy of simply being able to speak of death without being told to stop.

At the end there was a cllear demand to 'go again' with one ...

April 2024 Shepherdstown WV Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Tracy Seffers on April 3, 2024, 10:52 a.m.

Water was brought to a boil, the tea and cake set out as usual, and several of us gathered around the table.

Tracy opened with a brief selection from Joan Halifax of Upaya Center, talking about two paths we choose as we face questions about death - the path of fear, or a path that accepts and explores with curiousity the impermanence of all things. The choice of path then impacts the life we lead.


Discussion continued: knowing that "the mug is already broken", how do we face death, how do we live our lives?  With tenderness, softness, a delicate touch, hope . . . it was a rich conversation.


Introductions around ...

Manly NSW Death Cafe Write up

Posted by mknight on March 24, 2024, 3:28 p.m.

Our first Death Café of the year took place in our regular space, the Creative Library, a fabulous community room in our local Manly Library.  After a holiday break of some months, it was wonderful to once again engage in spirited conversation about all things death and dying, welcome back regulars, and meet folk new to the Death Café movement.

I’ve been facilitating Death Café’s since 2014, and have found that while the conversation will cover a diverse range of death and dying areas of interest and importance, there is always one topic which is discussed in every Death Café I have run; the afterlife.  And ...

Davidson’s Mains Death Cafe Write up

Posted by LomondBob on March 21, 2024, 6:27 a.m.

9 people met to discuss death and dying and to drink coffee and eat cake.

There was positive feedback and people enjoyed the event.

Death Cafe Santa Clara Write up

Posted by FrankAnnis on March 20, 2024, 10:54 a.m.

 This was our first DeasthCafe and it had 3 hosts and 15 attendees. it was held at  a very  nice retirement community and thus was not for the general public. The feedback on the evaluation forms was very positive and we will host a second one there in 2 weeks. Then we will be looking to hold cafes in our local community in Los Altos, California!

 Frank Annis

Death Cafe North Canterbury, Amberley Write up

Posted by Death Cafe North Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand on March 19, 2024, 3:24 a.m.


It was a lovely ambient afternoon in North Canterbury and Amberley's first DC of the year. Including Mark and myself we had 5 people, 3 men and 2 women. 

The vibe was energectic and the conversation deep - about grief and loss, death and dying as concepts, theroretical and anecdotal, observed and experienced. It was a heady afternoon and very stimulating, different in a way from other DCs.

Pretty awesome!

Look forward to next time, Kaiapoi on April 21st. 

Liz ;)

Downtown Ypsi Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Bree Crutchfield on March 16, 2024, 10:34 p.m.

Well, I had the first meeting and due to the weather (rainy and overcast), I didn't expect anyone to show up.

One brave soul did arrive by the name of Michelle.  Michelle and I talked about death, preparing for death, facing our own mortalities etc.

Michelle shared with  me the death of her parents (and others) and how it affected her.

In turn, I shared how deaths in my life affected me.

The meeting ended on a wonderful note and she's looking forward to next month's meeting-as am I.




Death Cafe Iowa Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on March 13, 2024, 11:01 a.m.

Our Death Café was held over Zoom this past February and had 3 people in attendance. After brief introductions and some catching up we began a long conversation on all thing’s death related!

We started with the importance of balancing grief alongside celebratory life events, and how tricky it is to go through such happy moments while grieving. From here we transitioned into speaking on how grief is felt/expressed differently by everyone and is not something that can be fixed. Everyone has different needs, so simply showing up and listening to your grieving person is a great way to offer support.

The final broader topic we ...

Death Cafe Warkworth Write up

Posted by Death Cafe Warkworth on March 9, 2024, 10:58 p.m.

There were six of us today at our second Death Cafe in Warkworth. It was enlightening and informative. Everyone had space and privacy to share their stories, ask questions and respond with answers. Links, resources, and experiences were shared. Discussion included end of life care, options for families making arrangements for death care, options around the care of deceased loved ones, including burial and cremation, the necessity for medical and legal information required, and the importance of taking ownership of your own end of life and death care. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared of themselves.

Laramie Death Cafe LPCC Write up

Posted by Leeschwa on March 7, 2024, 11:55 a.m.

Our Death Cafe this month covered a great span of topics, from the perspective of today's youth on death and suicide among young people, inequities in nursing care, funeral business and preparations, burial shrouds, mushroom suits and forensic studies programs, on to yes, you do need a bunch of death certificates when the time comes, and as always, the topic of who comes out of hte woodwork on someone's passing arose. 

Look for a Death Cafe LPCC monthly at the minimum moving forward. 

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