Death Cafe write-ups


Kendal Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Mitzi on Nov. 24, 2018, 6:33 a.m.

This was my second Death Cafe Meeting in Kendal and once again, a really interesting meeting.  It was nice to catch up with some familiar faces and to meet new people as well.

I was amazed how different the topics were from the previous meeting with quite a lot of mention of the recent commemorations for WWI.

Also interesting was being included in a small research group specifically involved with work for a PhD student researching the Death Cafe Movement.

Thanks once again to Susie and Jane for organising and to the Brewery Arts Centre for the use of their Warehouse Cafe. Looking forward to the next one ...


County Durham Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Annette the Celebrant on Nov. 23, 2018, 5:58 a.m.

This Death Cafe was held in the 'snug' of a beautiful, cosy coffee shop whose homely ambience felt just right for our small group.

We had our own space, and our pre-ordered cakes, scones and drinks were served to us for our mid-point break.

I had eight attendees, and only one 'no show'. The cafe owner said a couple of his regulars may be attending, but they didn't. This was good, as I had stressed on publicity posters that booking was essential.

As I was facilitating alone in a small space it was important for me to have contact with everyone beforehand.

The chat flowed easily, and ...


Death Cafe Edmonton Write up

Posted by Gina Vliet on Nov. 22, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

We were a small but mighty group for this week's November 19th gathering. But what amazing discussion! Two themes really stuck out for me during the evening. One was how the potential for living on virtually will impact how we define death and dying in the future. With the onset of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and our ongoing virtual lives on Facebook, etc., will we ever really die? David Eagleman’s idea of the third death came up. Will we die a third and final time, being forgotten, if we live on in the matrix forever?

We expanded that conversation to the concepts of the soul, karma, and ...


Death Cafe Edmonton Write up

Posted by Gina Vliet on Nov. 21, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

We held our first Death Café Edmonton on November 1st, the Day of The Dead. Just because we’re fun that way.
The event seats had sold out quickly, but as with any free event, about half didn’t show up. Not to worry, our empty seats were taken by some wait listers, and a few people who just happened upon the event, which was most excellent. We ended up with two perfectly sized groups of four, which kept the conversation lively and everyone engaged.

I started by thanking the venue, made sure everyone had all the tea and snacks they wanted, then went into the history of ...


Reston Death Cafe Write up

Posted by chriscross on Nov. 19, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

The back room of the Dennis County Cafe was the location of the first ever death cafe in Reston Manitoba.  This is a small prairie town and like our other cafes most people who attend know each other.  This is just the way it is in small places and in some ways it makes it very comfortable and just like a trip to the coffee shop...except this time we talk about death.  We had good small group discussions and followed up with larger group discussions and sharing.  We enjoyed and appreciated the hospitality from the folks at Dennis County and the Skor cake literally was "to die ...


Teignmouth Death Cafe Write up

Posted by davidberg on Nov. 19, 2018, 12:42 p.m.

11 people. In the last 10 minutes we found we had forgotten all about the cake. In a final go-round everyone in the circle said they had really enjoyed the afternoon.


Chambana Death Cafe October Write up

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Nov. 18, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Nine people gathered around a table at the library in Champaign IL.

We had one new attendee from the University of IL she was a doctoral student of psychology. Everyone else had attended before.

Participants discussed embalming and the physical structures that support cemeteries to keep the cemetery grounds from collapsing. 

Some talked about not being sure that cremation is good for the environment. Being planted as a tree was part of the conversation. 

Others shared their experiences of being a child when someone dear died and then having to go to the funeral and view the body of the deceased; others were not offered the chance to ...


Death Cafe Tunbridge Wells Write up

Posted by carmeldunmall on Nov. 18, 2018, 4:49 a.m.

8 of us met, at the Trinity in Tunbridge Wells.

The discussion was lively and varied, people brought different expriences to share. There was an understanding within the group, a feeling of a common humanity. The two hours flew by.

We have decided to meet every other month, the third Saturday, between 2 and 4 pm at the Trinity.

Thanks to all who came, it definitely was food for thought.

Carmel


Upminster Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Gemma Norburn on Nov. 7, 2018, 12:39 p.m.

November’s Death cafe was attended by 11 people who all chatted on a number of different topics which ranged from the serious to the humerous. The two hours absolutely flew by and it was 9pm before I knew it! It was a good demonstration of why I host these events, I think it’s very important for different people to meet each other and discuss these topics together. 


Death Cafe Albany, NY Write up

Posted by DeathCafeAlbany on Nov. 5, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

On Saturday, September 29th at 1pm,we met at Albany Rural Cemetery ’s Chapel. Of the 19 people who attended, approximately half had never attended a previous Death Cafe in Albany, NY.  Several folks brought cookies and donuts to share. The popularly-requested recipe for co-host Kate’s homemade cookies was quickly shared with our e-mail list. After splitting into three small groups with no agenda for about an hour, we came back together as a group and one person gave a summary about each group’s conversation. One group discussed the evolution of their religious beliefs, and how that impacts their beliefs about afterlife. Another spoke of the ...


Albany Death Cafe Write up

Posted by DeathCafeAlbany on Nov. 5, 2018, 12:23 p.m.

Death Cafe Albany met on July 10th from 6-7:30 at the Albany Public Library on Washington Avenue.  It was the first Death Cafe hosted by Kate and Carla. (Melissa moved to California, and we thank her for getting things started in Albany!)  

We had a wonderfully diverse group of 15 people, mostly new folks who had not previously attended.  We met as a large group, with discussion topics ranging from factors that influence how people react (sudden vs. expected death, age of the griever, etc.), the "stages of grief" (and how they are not prescribed nor predictable), to the impact on the community in the aftermath of ...


Dilly’s Online Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Wendy Elliott on Nov. 2, 2018, 6:24 p.m.

This was my first on-line death cafe and I liked it.  So nice to chat with other ladies from another country, even though the USA is right next door.  We easily talked about many different topics from dying to death.  Chatting was very easy. I will glady join again if Dilly has another chat online.  


Albany Death Cafe Write up

Posted by fogliol on Oct. 31, 2018, 5:51 a.m. 1 comment

 

Death Café

 

          This will be for anyone who is interested in talking about death and dying.  This will be an open ended discussion for individuals who want to share their opinions, experiences and any other feelings that they may have towards death.

 

          My intention for this is to help bring awareness to death and dying for many people.  There are many people who have misconceptions about death and dying and many fears associated with death and dying.

 

          My expectation for this is for people to be able to get together without any fear of retribution, judgement or criticism.     

 

          Death cafes’ are NOT

                   A bereavement or grief support group ...


Roxburgh Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Franst on Oct. 27, 2018, 11:08 p.m.

Roxburgh is a small rural community which has a good community spirit.

I have had 20+ years of contact with the town and have worked there full time for 4 years. I live 50km away in a larger town.

I had 10 local ladies of varying ages turn up, so with me and my support person that makes a round dozen.

They were a quiet group to start with but a wide range of issues were shared from dying alone to living on in the afterlife. 

Everyone shared somthing with the group and saw the relivance of the topic. They did ask where all the men were.

I ...


Death Cafe In Nekrasovka Write up

Posted by Galina on Oct. 27, 2018, 12:27 a.m.

На вчерашней всрече мы говорили об эвтаназии домашних животных, о том, как говорить о смерти с детьми и почему мы, люди, так стремимся подменить само понятие смерти называя ее другими именами.

Огромное спасибо всем участникам за яркую оживленную беседу. Увидимся в конце ноября))


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