Death Cafe write-ups

Kirk Bear Canyon Tucson, AZ Death Cafe Write up

Posted by willow on Jan. 24, 2024, 8:30 p.m.

This is my first Death Cafe.  We will be discussing any topic related to death.  I'll have some tasty pastries and coffee to share with the group. This is not therapy or a support group.

Death Cafe in Putney VT Write up

Posted by Denise Glover on Jan. 22, 2024, 11:59 a.m.

Fourteen death curious folks joined us for tea, cookies, and chat about all things dying. There was a mix of people, some new to Death Cafe.

We split into two groups after our intial intro circle, and joined back together for the last half hour. 


Death Cafe Warkworth Write up

Posted by NZDeathling on Jan. 21, 2024, 9:09 p.m.

Six people attended this Death Cafe, all of them newbies to the experience. Most were either working in a related industry or had training in a related area and therefore felt very comfortable in the space. Lots of topics discussed and experiences shared in our kōrero, especially about advance care planning, natural burial, responses to expected deaths and sudden deaths, embalming versus other cooling methods, the confusion around legal paperwork and how to claim sovereignty of your own death care and bring it back into the domain of the community.
The conversation flows organically, the knowledge we share is phenomenal.
Thank you to Sheepworld Cafe for being amazing ...

Houston Peace with Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Jasmin McGee on Jan. 18, 2024, 8:26 a.m.

My name is Jasmin McGee... my heart is so full, and I am so humbled that my very first Peace with Death Cafe gathering was a success! PJ's Coffee in Spring Branch, TX was amazing and so hospitable. We were all comfortable and had the back corner all to ourselves. We discussed the Community Agreements. We had coffee and King Cake provided by PJ's Coffee. We shared and held space for one another. We had some serious talks and we laughed. Everyone who attended left smiling and grateful - not realizing how much they needed this time and these conversations. Next month's offering is scheduled and ...

Charlton MA Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Kathleen Walker on Jan. 17, 2024, 5:17 p.m. 1 comment

Great meeting with about eight interested people.  We talked about death and life and what it all means. We are meeting every month but will skip December.  

Death Cafe LPCC Write up

Posted by Leeschwa on Jan. 6, 2024, 7:39 a.m.

Another great Death Cafe filled with a variety of conversation. I've titled this post "Where do we go?" because this theme nails the nature of the topics:

- Where do we go in that last ebbing time?

- Where do we go as a generation taking care of older parents- while aging ourselves?

- Where do we go in making living communities that help people have their best last years of this life?

More to come!

Virtual Death Cafe Iowa Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on Jan. 5, 2024, 5:51 p.m.

We had a vitual Death Café on December 19, 2023 via Zoom. Elliott from Iowa Death Collective facilitated the café with two people attending. In our short discussion, we talked about funerals and deaths occurring during the holidays and how people cope. It was also mentioned that sometimes time doesn’t even help enjoy the holidays. This time included a brief conversation about the need for more events pertaining to certain types of causes of death, because people do find comfort being around others who have had similar significant losses. Discussing disposition of our bodies was briefly mentioned. We finished the café discussing requirements for funeral homes in ...

Death Cafe Bendigo Write up

Posted by Bridget on Jan. 5, 2024, 12:23 a.m.

Facilitated by Bridget Allan of Lotus Reflections (Aust) - Death Doula, Meditation Teacher and Reiki Therapist.

2023 was a new beginning for the Death Cafe in Bendigo, Victoria Australia. Generously supported by our venue provider, The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion.

Through these gatherings, we've witnessed the courage and generosity of individuals facing their mortality head-on, embracing the uncertainty with grace and resilience. We've explored the complexities of grief, acknowledging that it's not a linear process but a unique journey for each person.

Our discussions have navigated through the intricacies of sensitive topics, from diagnosis of life threatening and terminal illness to the profound impact of ...

City of Roses Death Cafe Write up

Posted by nomenoyou1 on Jan. 1, 2024, 10:34 a.m.

Our last City of Roses Death Cafe of 2023 was attended by 19 people. We enjoyed a lively discussion of how death has touched us--loss of a childhood friend, sudden loss of a loved one who falls and is dead less than a day later, loss of a parent, a sibling, a chlld. One participant described living through the darkest times of the AIDS pandemic, and then living with those memories.

As usual, we talked about how hard it can be to discuss death: one participant invited a friend who responded that they didn't like the sound of "Death Cafe." Another invited a friend who has a ...

Withington Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Davide Erbogasto on Dec. 28, 2023, 4:48 a.m.

The first Death Cafe at Withington Methodist Church was cosy, with tea, coffee and cake. As it was a new event in the area, the numbers were limited, but two people external to the congregation came, as well as two people from the congregation. The conversation flowed for an hour and people found it really beneficial.

Virtual Death Cafe Iowa Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on Dec. 11, 2023, 2:39 p.m.

We had a virtual Death Café meeting on November 21, 2023 via Zoom. Buffy Peters from Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss was our facilitator. There were a total of five people who joined Buffy online.

During our time, we discussed the importance of finding people who are comfortable talking about death and dying, which Death Café is a comfort zone. It was mentioned that providers having comfort during conversations about death and dying can be valuable for patients and a great resource. Listening is so important while talking to someone about death & dying. We spent time discussing different words used to talk about death, dying, and how ...

Death Cafe Dunedin NZ Write up

Posted by AnkesDeathCafe on Dec. 6, 2023, 4:25 a.m.

Thank you all 11 attendants at today's meeting, the last of 2023! It was a chatty bunch once again, inspiring conversations, interesting views and a circle of open honest communication. What a wonderful group to belong to!
We are now breaking until February 24 and are also planning an additional "walk & talk" meeting at a local cemetery then. Bring your snack, drink (non-alcoholic!) and blanket or folding chair. We will walk first until we find the perfect spot for us to chat in the space of those who have gone before us!
Watch the space for announcements in January!
Meanwhile: have a very Merry Christmas and New ...

Shepherdstown WV Death Cafe: Tea, Cake and Conversation Write up

Posted by Tracy Seffers on Dec. 5, 2023, 12:58 p.m. 2 comments

   For our inaugural offering, we had 11 community members come for tea and cake (gratefully received), amazing conversation, and not a little laughter.

   Tracy opened the session with a reading of Mary Oliver's "When Death Comes".

   The usual round of introductions included an invitation to "tell us why you are here" - prompting lovely stories, with much head nodding and affirmation around the circle.

   Questions ranged from, "Why do we not want to tell people that we are sick until it's too late?" to "What do you want to come back as in your next life?"

   Several wonderful books were mentioned as resources:

  • "The Book of Two ...

Washington DC Congressional Cemetery Death Cafe Write up

Posted by Laura Lyster-Mensh - HCC on Nov. 20, 2023, 4:59 p.m.

It was a lively conversation visited by several dogs who ran into the chapel curious about what we were doing. With lovely sweet snacks provided by the Congressional Cemetery staff, we settled in to conversation that circled and grew. Even the silences were thoughtful.

What an impactful evening. Thank you to all who come out.

City of Roses Death Cafe Write up

Posted by nomenoyou1 on Nov. 19, 2023, 6:46 p.m.

Saturday afternoon 24 of us gathered for tea, cake and gluten free cookies. Our large group touched on the difficulty some people have responding to us when we mention a seriously ill family member or a death that we are grieving; how to develop meaningful rituals celebrating a life; and the pain that a life ended by suicide can leave in its wake. Several of us described the impact of living through the AIDS pandemic has had on us.

Thanks to the generosity of QM we had not one, but two chocolate cakes to enjoy. Thanks to the thoughtfulness of others, the dishes were washed and dried and ...

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