Death Cafe write-ups

Vancouver Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Janet Rivers on Oct. 9, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

We had 9 participants with lively conversation and very good feedback.

This will be my last until the new year.

Chambana Death Cafe September 22, 2018 Write up

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Oct. 2, 2018, 4:53 p.m.

This death cafe took place at Unity Church and Spiritual Center in Urbana, IL and was well attended. There were 12 of us and 3 people had never attended a death cafe before. Besides myself two of the attendees identified themselves as death doulas who are working with a group in Colorado for training. 

Other participants were an archaelogist, two retired disabled women, and others.

Two people queued up music they found appropriate for death workers or people interested in the topic of death period. They used phones to share the music. 

There was conversation around the topic of singing to the dying to make their death easier ...

New Mills Festival Fringe Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Compassionate Communities High Peak on Oct. 1, 2018, 11 a.m.

A full house! The feedback 'Wordle' tells it all 

Summerville's First Death Cafe Write up

Posted by DRedd on Sept. 29, 2018, 3:32 p.m.

Our first Death Cafe was a success! Now that we have some experience,  I expect the next one to NJ e even better!

Death Cafe Wien Write up

Posted by Alexandra Kleinheinz on Sept. 29, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

Sieben TeilnehmerInnen trafen sich gerstern im 1. Wiener Gemeindebezirk zum Death Café. Fünf "neue" Gesichter und zwei WiederholungstäterInnen. Der Austausch war rege - von Patientenverfügung über Jenseitsvorstellungen und Begräbniswünsche bis hin zur Frage "darf ich mir zu Hause eine Urne aufstellen?" spannte sich ein bunter Themenfächer. Die Rückmeldungen der Teilnehmer am Ende des Treffens waren sehr schön: einstimming genossen sie den ungezwungenen und offenen Austausch mit so netten Gleichgesinnten. Die Stimmung war geprägt von Humor, Wärme, Interesse, Respekt und Verbundenheit - das ist Death Café Vienna. Eine Ode an das Leben!

Death Cafe In Nekrasovka Write up

Posted by Galina on Sept. 28, 2018, 1:22 a.m.

Встреча началась с обсуждения воэможностей современной науки, помогающих избежать смерти, в частности, говорили о крионике. Для одних - это шанс "жить" вечно или/и вернуться к близким. Для других - страшная и мучительная смерть по собственному выбору.

Меня, как фасилитатора, особенно порадовало, что участники готовы слушать и принимать другое мнение, хотя бы на уровне "каждый остался при своем".

Спасибо всем участникам. Предвкушаю следующую встречу.

Bloomsbury Death Cafe Write up

Posted by ellen.pilsworth on Sept. 27, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

We had a lovely and lively Death Cafe at Moreish Cafe Deli on Marchmont Street. There were about 20 people there, so we had to split into three groups, but we all talked in response to the same questions.

Questions discussed included 'Which obejcts do you associate with the death of your loved ones?' and 'How would you like to be remembered after your death?' 

Participants rated the event 5/5 and described it as 'thought-provoking,' 'enlightening' and 'memorable.'

The fantastic wall painting at Cafe Moreish served as the perfect backdrop for our conversations. Many thanks to Jenny for letting us use her cafe, and to participants for ...

Death Cafe Picnic at Brookwood - Teatime Write up

Posted by EmmaCurtis on Sept. 20, 2018, 9:49 a.m.

Our teatime DC was small but really wonderful. We had a very soulful conversation between three of us, joined by two other participants of the previous lunchtime cafe, who wanted to join in. This conversation was about personal experiences of death and how perhaps the universe might work, beliefs and how is it to mourn with an atheist outlook rather than believing that we go onwards in some way. It was really uplifting and one of the participants wrote to say they still felt refreshed by the experience the next day.

Death Cafe Picnic at Brookwood - Lunchtime Write up

Posted by EmmaCurtis on Sept. 20, 2018, 9:44 a.m.

We had 17 people for the death cafe, seated in 3 group on picnic blankets with supplied with chocolate brownies (with a portion of lemon drizzle for someone who doesn't like chocolate.) There were good conversations and participants could have kept talking beyond our DC session time, some did. There were a mixture of funeral professionals and members of the public. Chats ranged from what people might like for their own funerals, and exchanging personal stories and thoughts, to the ways that people mourn and how the bereaved often feel that they are being avoided by others. 

Death Cafe Coromandel Write up

Posted by on Sept. 13, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

The first Death Cafe in Waihi saw a group of daring conversationlists show up on a beautiful sunny day, to sit indoors and talk about dying, death and life! As this was one of the nicest spring days we have had after a rainy winter, as the hosts we were delighted at the attendance.  Everyone who attended, including ourselves are looking forward to the next one all ready.

Swindon Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Sue Holden on Sept. 13, 2018, 3:58 a.m.

A lively gathering of people met on Tuesday including one new person. We talked about leaving your body to science and how it is not as easy as one may think and about organ donation. The subject of dying in hopital v dying at home was also discussed and we looked at how death has been taken out of the home environment and led to people perhaps being where they are today and that is, not being comfortable around the subject of death.

Death Cafe Bitterroot Write up

Posted by nancyreecejones on Sept. 12, 2018, 2:22 p.m.

This was our second meeting: I've facilitated 4 years of Death Cafes in Whitefish, MT, but am now living in Stevensville so have started one here in the Bitterroot. Our public library provides a wonderful, accessible venue! We had a small group--just 5 of us--but our conversation was lively, insightful, and everyone contributed.

Death Cafe North Vancouver Write up

Posted by Death Cafe at Mt. Seymour United Church on Sept. 7, 2018, 1:58 p.m.

Death is such a taboo subject in the North American culture.
And yet there is one certainty in life: we are all going to die.

A Death Café ® is a get together and a confidential conversation
about life and death. It is not a lecture nor a grief support group,
though grief may be expressed and shared.

Anne Ellis, our Mental Health Ministry Coordinator, hosts this popular gathering that meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, in the Church Café.

All mortals are welcome at this drop-in, free event.

Session dates:

September 18

October 16

November 20

January 15

February 19

March 19

April 16

May 21 ...

Death Cafe Patzcuaro Write up

Posted by Luisa Ruiz on Sept. 6, 2018, 11:37 a.m.

It was a great moment to share some thoughts about death.

We were 15 people in total, 13 women and 2 men.

We talked about death of a son/daughter, suicide, terminal illness, social death.

Even when most of people didn´t know each other, it´s great to see how they open and talk about a topic it´s usually hard to talk about.

Totnes Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Dotalina on Sept. 1, 2018, 4:50 a.m.

We had lots of new people at our most recent Death Cafe, which was a useful reminder that there are still lots of people who don't know anything about Death Cafes (yet) and are curious.  We talked about clearing clutter from our lives, getting rid of 'things', and also from the other angle of inheriting items from others who have died, and what to do with them. We also talked about illness, pain, and suicide, which we agreed is still a taboo subject - although not at a Death Cafe. The discussion also included the idea of living mindfully, which sprang from the idea of wanting to make ...

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