Death Cafe write-ups
Hoping to help the residents of Texoma to have a safe space to discuss death and dying and support one another. This will be an open forum; no agenda, just meeting to talk about death. This is NOT a group for grief and bereavement. This is a group to discuss death and dying and to live our lives more fully.
Please use contact form for any questions and to RSVP for the event, at which time the location will be given. Hope to see you there!
Lively discussions amngst the six attending. Some had been before and some never before. Some came with specific interests - how to cope with dying when working in residential aged care - and some came with several recent deaths of close family and friends. While others had never heard of a Death Cafe before and came along to find out what it was all about. Feedback included: "I love conversations about death and impermanence. It is always interesting to meet people that have never thought of death"; "learning about how to to cope with death in the aged care sector"; "Enjoyed hearing different experiences, especially caring for people at the ...
We held the first meeting of Brigg Death Cafe on September 28th in OIKOS Churches together centre in Brigg North Lincolnshire.
Seven people attended and the conversation was wide ranging and interesting. We all enjoyed our first meeting and look forwards to meeting again on Wednesday November 2nd at 12-30.
Death Cafe Cincinnati resumed meetings on September 26 at the Pleasant Ridge library. Eight people attended and we had a lively, organic conversation about death.
We shared resources with each other and I thought you might find them helpful.
First, we talked about the humorous side of death. Even in the depths of difficulty and sadness, there are those who find a lighter way to move through it.
A novel: “The Whole Town’s Talking” by Fannie Flagg (author of Fried Green Tomatoes). Here is a blurb about the book:
With her wild imagination, great storytelling, and deep understanding of folly and the human heart, the beloved Fannie ...
We had a small group of 3, with some very interesting conversations about local burials, especially environmentally friendly ones that are local as well. Some great insights from attendees.
As this was my first Death Cafe, it couldn't have gone any better. Only one person (and myself) showed up. This worked out wonderful as she is an old friend whom I have always admired so the conversation flowed beautifully. Her dog had recently died and she was greiving. We were both happy with how it went. She said she'll come to the next one as "it's something we should all be talking ablout."
As for me, I agree with my friend. I also have much to learn.
We held an informal death cafe on Aug 26th where 7 people attended. We discussed issues relating to undertakers, palitive care professionals, Avoiding Death and not turning from all that's dying. We spoke about facing it and mourning it. Grieve it. Let it blow your heart open. This is the doorway to a new world.
We will continue to look at new ideas of death and how other are thinking about this subject . What new things can each of us learn and discover
A lovely group of 7 people (including two facilitators) - we had a great time talking about various topics such as supporting a dying friend, how other people support us during bereavement, pet loss and pet therapy at the end of life. We also touched on how social media distorts our perception of death i.e. teenage suicides, or famous deaths being almost glamourized.
Overall a very insightful conversation with positive feedback from the attendees.
We gathered in Clifton Hill today to mark Dying to Know Day 2022. Nine of us shared our thoughts and listened to each other speak from the heart about all things End of Life and Death.
Grieving our loved humans and pets was a common theme today ...Stories about the challenges and the beauty in being with the dying. Staying grounded and open while the emotions of others around you are roller coasting.
A huge takeaway for me was the understanding of how life is made up of many deaths ..as we experience the cycles of life and move through the decades we grieve losses and embrace new ...
14 of us joined in a discssion on the silence around talking about death. It was a varied conversation tonight, very tender in parts.
Thank you to all who attended.
Another succesful Death Cafe of 11 people in total. Feedback was postive and people are definitely get something out of attending. Discussions ranged from personal stories of death of a loved one, near death experiences and what happens after death, Hospice and suports available to the dying and their families.
Thank you everyone for coming.
After not having had a Death Cafe for over a year it was great to meet again. There were 18 (including the two facilitators), all of us women, regulars and new comers. The lively and engaging discussion included, end of life choice, what do you do when someone dies, unexpected death and post mortems, what makes a good or bad death. The feed back was unanimously positive about the event, the negatives were about noise and difficulty hearing for some. We tried a new venue and as with all past venues the noise (cafe's are noisey) is the one negative. This venue fully supported and encouraged Death ...
The first Death Cafe session in Dunstable went much better than expected. There were a couple of reservations in advance but after we started we had gotten to a nice group of 9 (including the facilitator).
The topics we discussed were funeral rites in different cultures and religions, we touched upon the topic of cremation vs. burial, as well as what does it mean to respect the wishes of the dead when planning a funeral.
Overall it was a rich discussion and everyone's feedback was overwhelmingly positive. It is a relief as we have been planning on having the meetings on a monthly basis but were not ...
We had 16 people total (counting the two of us as facilitators) and had a lively discussion of experiences, hopes, fears, and thoughts about death and dying. The post-event evaluations were unanimously positive and at the end of the session, the group wanted to meet again with the same people. We told them that there was a wait-list of people in the building who wanted to attend and who would get first crack at the next one in about a month. But again, feedback was overwhelmingly positive and folks were quite appreciative of the chance to talk in a safe place.
Lori and Jim hosted this June Death Cafe.Past feedback requested we remain in one room instead of Breakout room We welcomed 3 regualr attendees and 3 new. We are west coast, east coast, and mid west.
Topics on the minds and in the hearts for discussion: end of life planning, grief, and caring for another at end of life.
Appreciation for a space to listen and be heard, validation of "I am not alone" The next Scheduled Death Cafe Albany, CA PDT is July 24th.