Death Cafe write-ups
A group of six people met on our last meetingof the year and wondered what the 2019 would bring. Had we learnt anything from our discussions that would help us in known death and dying scenarios that might be impending? We talked about how to deal with death, dying and loss at Christmas and when death does not always mean sadness and how family dynamics can change for the better or worse after a parent , particularly the last one dies.
Not a soul came to this one. The holidays are a hard time for people so I am going to try this again after christmas. However not all was lost. My 5 year old had some great questions about death and dying. He asked why we have to die? Also where do we go when we die?
I did explain that we die because it is apart of our life cycle and all things die eventually. I looked up some plant life cycle and insect life cycle videos. It was the best way I could show him so that he would understand.
Where we go, I explaind for ...
We meet this time at The Community Room at The Bethlehem Public Library from 6:30-8pm. We had 19 folks there and this time meet in groups of 4 at tables. One person told me they enjoyed the 4 instead of 6 we had in groups last time.We again had many new faces and nearly half were returning friends.
When the groups spokesperson shared the topics had been:
The After Life can be whatever you imagine it to be and what you bring to it.
It is not abnormal to often think and talk about death.
After death communications and messages.
How children process death.
See you ...
We held our last Death Cafe for this year in the spot where we held our first one just about 2 months ago at Gopher Creek Coffee Company. The atmosphere was welcoming and comfortable complimented with delicious treats and beverages. There were 16 people including 4 men which was awesome. Small group discussions were followed by larger group discussions/sharing/questions.
The evaluations have been very positive and encourages us moving forward. People want to have a venue to talk and listen openly about death and dying. It has been described as enlightening, relaxing, uplifting, and interesting. We will take a break for the holiday season but are ...
On an evening with hoar frost and fog in the air 20 people gathered for the first ever Elkhorn Death Cafe. Our host venue the Elkhorn Creamee had prepared some delicious lemon pie and carrot cake to enjoy alongside great conversation and a cuppa.
People from the area had heard of these cafes and were curious so we had a great turn out of various ages and stages. It was great! Everyone has been talking about how much they have appreciated the event and the opportunity to come together and just talk.....and listen! We will be doing more DC in the area in the new year and ...
Diesmal fand das Death Cafe im Lippizanercafe der Hofburg statt. Neun TeilnehmerInnen fanden sich ein an diesem letzten Freitag im November. Eine der Leitlinien von Death Cafe lautet, keine Vortragenden einzuladen und keine Themen vorzugeben. Death Cafe will Raum schaffen für die Themen, welche die BesucherInnern mitbringen. Man weiß also am Beginn einer Session nie, wohin die Reise geht. Erstmalig führte der Diskurs uns diesmal ins Jenseits – konkret zu Jenseitserfahrungen zweier Teilnehmerinnen. Mit dem Anliegen einer Besucherin „den Menschen die Angst vor dem Tod zu nehmen“ brachte Sie persönliche Erfahrungen ein – ungewöhnlich und alles andere als alltäglich. Wollen wir sehen, in welche Gefilde ...
There was an even half dozen of us for this Tuesday evening gathering, December 4, 2018. All but one were returning attendees, which was nice to see. We were pretty much the only people in the café, as the weather was a bit nasty, but we made up for it in personality!
For this week’s meet, the group wanted to begin by addressing the question I had posted on our MeetUp page, “How has having someone die around a special date/holiday impacted you? Where do mourning/grieving them and celebrating their life intersect?”
We talked about loss and loneliness, especially around the holidays, and how our ...
The Totara Cafe was once again our venue and despite the weather we were able to occupy the big round outdoor table up until the last 30 mins when we did have to retreat indoors.
We were a group of eleven of which six were attending for the first time.
As always after an introductory round the conversation gains a life of its own and we discussed suicide with some people having direct experience of the death of a loved one by suicide, how we feel about there being no funeral which is becoming more common and this led into what IS a funeral and do we think ...
We are starting our Week day Day time Death Cafe on the 4th Thursday of the month. This will be an additional choice for your conversations on Death and related topics. We will continue the robut discussion on the THIRD Sunday for the Metro Denver Death Cafe. Our Day time Death Cafe will be facilitated by Madhu and myself. We hope this will give all of you additional choices in having these insightful and meaningful conversations.
In Joy, Nancy English
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Death Cafe in Saskatoon last week. Once again, it was a great evening! When fifty people are willing to brave the wintry weather on a Monday night, we know we are helping to fill a need to bring death out of the shadows, so that we can live our lives more fully.
Here are some of the words that folks wrote down when asked to choose some that would best describe their experience at the Death Cafe:
If you missed this one ...
An interesting and enthusiastic meeting with new and regular members ...we covered a whole range of death related topics with people generously sharing their ideas and experiences ....as always the two hours go by quickly and there was a feeling of lightness,relief and community as people could share things that are not always easy in the usual social situations....we of course shared refreshments and CAKE !
We had some new members this month and our conversation ranged from the poetry of death, to near death experiences, the various forms of green burials and why its important to be careful when spreading ashes! There were personal stories about encounters with dying family members and the experience of caregiving. Of course, there was also laughter and cake!
Tonight's Death Cafe was an intimate gathering where we discussed how the holidays impact death, dying and grieving, how to create new holiday traditions when loved ones have died and the description of a sky burial from the book "Hotel at the Top of the World". As always, very interesting conversation.
Our November 14th Death Café – Hillsborough (DC-H) was a superb success – Thank you for coming! Fifteen attendees was a really good turnout and represented the most diverse range of ages I have seen at a DC yet, with the youngest ones being 9 and 15! Wonderful! Let’s continue to open up the discussions about death with everyone. Below is a brief summary about our second event, followed by details about the next DC-H on 12/12.
This is a very basic summarization mentioning many (yet not all) of the topics we talked about: as a fun exercise, we wrote down a few of our ...