Death Cafe write-ups
April’s death café Iowa was held at Palmers deli & market on Ingersoll. Buffy Peters (member of the Bereavement Professionals Group) facilitated the group. Five members were in attendance this month including two males and three females. All participants ranged in ages and professions.
Members this month brought several interesting topics to discuss including the use of DNA tests to predict at what age you will die. The research has shown to be 76% accurate. Several members also discussed a few books that group members have heard about and/or read. The books were “Being Mortal”, “The Slow Death of Nancy Coran”, and “When Breath Becomes Air”. That ...
We had such a wonderful meeting this month. We had much laughing, many stories and exploring our approach when visiting others that are on the threshold of their death. Much food for thought until next we meet. I look forward to seeing everyone in May!
It was with a mixture of excitement and a few nerves that I - with some like-minded friends - launched into our first South-East Brisbane Death Cafe last week (12 April 2019)...
With a wonderful eclectic group of people - of all ages - we met over a cuppa and light refreshments and talked about such a rich variety of death and dying topics and experiences.
Topics included :
- facing one's own / questioning one's own mortality
- importance of advance care planning documents and conversations and the positive impact that can be made
- place of death and importance of supporting dying at home
- dying on your own terms; acknowledging that not every ...
Our small group gathered around one table enjoying the peach tea, 5 layer chocolate brownies, and fresh strawberries. The bakery gave permission to use their card for our picture here, and said in the future, they could make skull cookies or a decadente rich chocolate cake!
Someone brought a book with CDs to share, "Graceful Passages, A Companion for Living and Dying" We will pass it around for the group to enjoy.
Our conversations varied, but I think the sharing our first experiences with death and how it changed our lives was interesting. Our early losses in childhood left lasting effects on all of us and it was ...
We held a very beautiful inquisitive space on a sunny afternoon. The six of us dove into the topic of what it means to die a "good death", and how the medicalization of the dying process often blurs the line between when the care is improving standards of living, and when it is diminishing it.
Descriptions of the night: interesting, fascinatingly morbid, thought provoking, affirming, enriching, intriguing, informative, fun, convivial, open, inspirational, comforting, diverse, curious, and welcoming. Where else do you get this and cake (we had donuts) with a group of people coming together for the first time? What a fabulous night!
The inaugural Death Café of Central Arkansas was, in the words of a journalist that attended, “The conversation was stimulating, fascinating, and the donuts were delish. I’d call it a success.”
Our conversation flowed to topics about deficits in culture, writing your own obituary, pet death, parental and family influence on views of death, how we live in layers ...
A lively afternoon with different perspectives on what we can do to make life easier for those who are left after we've died - Talk more and clear out the loft!
How different cultures include death as part of life.
Facing our own mortality.
All contributions thoughtful, accompanied by laughing at times.
Lovely cakes and good coffee and tea from the Umbrella cafe. Thanks to the Umbrella centre for letting us host our cafe in your Lounge. Sue and Julie
You might think that talking about death would be somber, and yes, sometimes it was.
But there was plenty of laughter. One man introduced himself by saying, “Today is a banner day. Today I’ve lived longer than I’ve ever lived before.”
One woman told the story of a friend, who, when she learned she had inoperable cancer, said, “Oh, I don’t have to go to work anymore.”
One man said he was comfortable with the idea of dying, but he couldn’t get himself to move on the paperwork like his will and advanced directive.
We heard about a woman with a terminal disease who ...
Endlich! Der Frühling ist da -wieder einmal ein Frühling. Was für ein Glück. Zum ersten Mal durften wir den weitläufigen Gastgarten unseres Gastgebers, des Cafe der Spanischen Hofreitschule, bestaunen. Dort steppte der Bär. Herr Fritz hatte wieder unseren Stammplatz reserviert – die ruhige Ecke ganz hinten. Es fanden sich vier TeilnehmerInnen ein. Nach langem wieder einmal ein Death Cafe im kleineren Rahmen. Die Gespräche führten diesmal zur Angst vor dem eigenen Tod, zu den unterschiedlichen Vorstellungen vor „dem Danach“. Es ging um den Einfluss, den die Todesangst auf die Gegenwart und unsere Weise zu Leben hat. Oder die Nichtangst vor dem ...
We held the first Death Cafe on the College of St. Rose campus, open to the entire campus community. We expected a modest turnout of 7 or so, and got between 25 and 30. We had to move from a small conference room to the multiuse "sanctuary space" and split the group into 2. This unfortunately meant people could not enjoy food or drink during the discussion, but gave people an excuse to gather after for more informal discussion and food afterwards.
(One attendee was exciting to provide a cake in the shape of a 3D human skull, which was by all accounts delicious!)
Some attendees were there ...
"Что если кто-то из нас сейчас умрет?" - Задала одна из участниц.
Действительно: куда нужно позвонить? КОГО Вызвать? И какая юридические формальности за этим последует?
Вопрос, который меня беспокоит: не повредит ли смерть участника или ведущий сам проект . Может быть я становлюсь циничной, но именно в такой ситуации очень важная, мне кажется продолжать встречаться и говорить о Смерти
9 people met at the Trinity for the Death cafe.
I was unable to attend, but I heard that eveyone contributed to the discussion, taking about what makes a good death. The venue was very noisy so I am in the process of finding a new location. May's Death cafe will be at the Trinity but after that we will relocate. This may mean a change in dates!
There were 5 participants at the table. The group was very active and within 2 hours each participant spoke on different topics related to death. The story of this meeting can be read here https://www.b17.ru/blog/deathcafe1/
Spring Break was happening and so was an important local hockey play off game but there were still 15 people who came out to our first Death Cafe of 2019. As per our previous events the hosts at Gopher Creek provided delicious food and drink for purchase and I for one enjoyed every bite of the chocolate cake-yummy! Just as most cafes the first 30 seconds were quiet and then lively discussion ensued. The topics were varied and interesting and some of the repeat attendees expressed that it was really interesting to see the contrast in each cafe-all good just different topics and perspectives. It always feels good ...
We are entering our 4th year of monthly Death Cafe. On each occasion I am grateful to Jon Underwood and his family for the opportunity to be part of this social franchise with its most sensible guidelines.
Today was a mix of long standing regular attendees and some first timers. Some comments from them:
"The suicide discussion was interesting"
""This group has helped me find my voices"
"A life enriching experience"!
"Not long enough, so many discussions that we could have expanded on"
Thank you everyone,