Death Cafe write-ups


Online Death Cafe Cymru BST Write up

Posted by Sarah Hillcoat on March 22, 2022, 3:57 a.m.

Another respectful, profound and illuminating discussion took place at this, our seventh Online Death Café Cymru.

Some of the topics which came up were: children and death; military deaths; deaths in space; the right to die, including dying young; the desire to curate our own death and those of others; communicating wishes about those left behind when we die, including and especially pets; primal instincts in humans; films about dying and death.


Death Cafe a Figueres Write up

Posted by CristinaGomez on March 20, 2022, 6:26 a.m.

El passat dissabte 19 de març ens vam ajuntar 8 persones de diferents edats, professions i interessos per conversar tranquil·lament sobre la mort. 

Va ser un espai molt enriquidor on vam poder compartir experiències personals, diferents punts de vista i, fins i tot, anègdotes gracioses.


March Online Death Cafe CST Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on March 17, 2022, 10:09 a.m.

For our March Death Café, we met via Zoom and Jennifer Leatherby from the Iowa Death Collective facilitated. They were assisted in facilitation by Buffy Peters from the Bereavement Professionals Group. We had a group of five individuals. We had two individuals join us from out of state, one from the West coast and the East coast and the other individuals joined from Iowa.

We began our group by talking about the history of Death Café’s and how the discussions have changed over the years. As a group we reflected on the opportunities Covid-19 has brought to our Death Café. Our group has grown into a community ...


Online Death Cafe, Albany, CA PST Write up

Posted by merav on March 8, 2022, 10:38 a.m.

Lori and Jim have hosted this cafe monthly since August 2021 on Zoom. Please join us in March, 4th Sunday, 4PM PST. 

Breakout rooms enable us to divide the 16 participants in 2 smaller groups facilitated by Jim and Lori. Participants from across US and Canada. Age range 20s - 80s

Feedback forms received expressed: 

"A chance to meet new people, some I know from past Cafe too. Time to listen and speak. Accepting and warm atmosphere" and went on to write: "Some increase in anxiety of need for prep, and some acceptance of this is my work and I wanna use time to be living."

"went smoothly. much ...


Death Cafe Hoxton London Write up

Posted by Abi on March 1, 2022, 6:45 a.m.

This event was cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.


Whitstable Death Cafe on Zoom GMT Write up

Posted by suejgoodrum on March 1, 2022, 5:43 a.m.

We had a few lively discussions and sharing of personal stories. The time flew by.

Looking forward to our March cafe which will be in person at the Whitstable Community Umbrella Centre Lounge.

 


Highland Community College Death Cafe Write up

Posted by juliehartmanlinck on Feb. 27, 2022, 8:56 a.m.

We had a great event with nearly 30 people, and a nice mix of students and retirees (given the time in the middle of the workday this makes a lot of sense). It was great though because it allowed for conversations about death to take place among people of different generations, with very different experiences and expectations about their relationship to death and dying. 

(This write up is for the December 2019 event, consulting notes since I didn't post in a timely manner!) 


Death Cafe Greater Manchester 2.0 Write up

Posted by Death Cafe Greater Manchester on Feb. 23, 2022, 5:52 a.m.

We hosted the second Death Cafe Greater Manchester last night at Remembrance Community Funeral Services event space in Hyde. 

We had 2 new attendees bringing the total up to 4. The new attendees were a mother and daughter pair that spoke very openly within their family surrounding the topic of death and felt it was a great idea when they saw Death Cafe advertised. 

We sat and spoke for 2 hours about many different subjects surrounding death, religion, nature and education. We enjoyed some tea and cake and left wanting to meet up again as soon as possible. 

We will host our third meet up within the next ...


February Online Death Cafe CST Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on Feb. 22, 2022, 10:41 a.m. 1 comment

For our February Death Café Iowa, we met via Zoom and Buffy Peters from the Bereavement Professionals Group facilitated. We had a group of eight individuals. Some joined from Iowa, California, Connecticut, and even Vancouver, Canada.

Our group’s conversation was mainly about preplanning, life as an elder, and supporting elders. As far as preplanning goes, we talked about the need to build a community of support because you just never know when you will need that community. Life is short. We talked about how difficult it can be to ask for help though when trying to build this community. In Western cultures, independence is valued, but in ...


Online Death Cafe Cymru BST Write up

Posted by Sarah Hillcoat on Feb. 13, 2022, 11:12 a.m.

This was our sixth Online Death Café Cymru and we were pleased to welcome both new and returning guests.

Both the role of the unpaid carer and grieving under the pandemic featured heavily in the conversation this time.

Among other things, we touched on: Covid lockdown and its impact on funerals, isolation, delayed grief and the role of community in mourning; grief as a manifestation of love; childhood, children, death and funerals; the comfort of ritual and recognising the circle of life; assisted dying; the need for death education; hope for change in our attitudes towards dying and death in the UK through the recent Lancet report The ...


Tucson Online MST Friendly & Fearless Death Cafe Write up

Posted by TucsonFFDeathCafe on Feb. 13, 2022, 10:03 a.m.

Your heart shatters into a million pieces before you can even exhale. A beautiful stranger has just told you she has an especially aggressive disease and may be nearing her last options. She looks barely twenty. She adds, “I have four young children.”

 

Your best friend tells you her husband has a rare debilitating condition. Walking is now difficult. It’s genetic. Their adult children, some starting families, haven’t been told.

 

The house at the end of your street is oddly still. The family you’ve known for years vanished. Covid.

 

A new acquaintance shares she has a plan to avoid a sad, slow end, a potential ...


Belper Death Cafe Write up

Posted by katedamiral on Jan. 30, 2022, 8:53 a.m.

Twelve people attended this cafe and we managed to have a good conversation as one group even wearing masks. 

Themes explored included: the urge to tidy up your life before you die, reluctance to face the inevitability of death - and how to recognise when you are ready, the role of professionals both before and after a death and the important role they should play in supporting loved ones who want to be involved, different cultural attitudes towards grieving and the value of a good cry.

People also shared a range of recommended reads including:

  • the novel All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
  • The Wild Edge of Sorrow - Rituals ...


Online Death Cafe CST. CLOSED to new sign-ups. Full. Write up

Posted by elms on Jan. 24, 2022, 11:04 a.m.

What questions do you have about death and dying? What fears? Here’s your chance to air it all out!

Death Cafés are a part of a global movement to provide a relaxed and nurturing setting where you can join open, honest, agenda-free discussions to explore the questions you may have about life, dying, and grief. The objective of a death cafe is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. This is not a therapy or a grief group. For more information, visit deathcafe.com. Hosted by the UUFF Care Team, and facilitated by Renée ...


Tucson Online MST Friendly & Fearless Death Cafe Write up

Posted by TucsonFFDeathCafe on Jan. 23, 2022, 11:50 a.m.

Death customs across the globe vary but also share many elements. The story of a father’s send off in Thailand was shared at Cafe this week. On the third day of community ritual a pickup truck carried the casket and a large photo of the deceased and paraded slowly through the town on the way to the crematorium. All the villagers came out to line the streets, including mother’s with babes in arms, whether familiar with the person or not, to do the very important life ritual of seeing off the dead. Some of us thought this was a lovely idea and would wish the same ...


January Online Death Cafe Iowa CST Write up

Posted by DeathCafeIowa on Jan. 20, 2022, 2:35 p.m.

For our January Death Café Iowa, we met via Zoom. Buffy Peters from the Bereavement Professionals Group and Jennifer Leatherby from the Iowa Death Collective facilitated the group. We had a group of seven individuals. Most were joining from Iowa, but we also had individuals join us from the West and East coasts.

We began our group by talking about tragedy and the responses to tragedy by individuals and the community. Depending on the tragedy that occurred, we talked about how it’s easy to want to blame the incident on something, but why? The person that died in the incident is a person loved by someone, so ...


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