Death Cafe write-ups
This was my first time hosting and no one showed up! It was held in a town/area of lots of retirees. It was well advertised, but there I was with cookies. I didn't despair, actually thought it funny. Perhaps I'll try again one day. The others I've hosted in the area have been wonderful!
Well that was great! We weren't sure that a Virtual Death Cafe would fly, but fly it did. Thanks so much to everyone who showed up for our first Virtual Death Cafe. I’m sure we could have talked into the wee hours of the morning. We will do it again soon.
"Death brings people together!" That was a quote from our last meeting! Despite the threat of a Winter issue, more people than ever gathered together to talk about death! What a great gathering we had! Look forward to the return of all!
For January’s Death Café Iowa we met at Palmers Deli & Market on Ingersoll. Buffy Peters and Becca Suvalsky (members of the Young Bereavement Professionals Group) facilitated the group. We had 11 people in attendance, 3 men and 8 women, and participants ranged in ages and professions. We had several new group members in attendance this month. Several interesting topics were brought forward for discussion during this month’s death café. Topics included the choice to stop eating at the end of life, the movie “Just Mercy”, and how members might feel if they knew they knew they were going to die in the next 10 minutes. We ...
It was a cosy afternoon for our first Death Cafe. Four of us sat around the dining table and discussed death and dying. Two people had lost parents when younger so the subject of needing to get our affairs in place came up amongst those with children. Time passed easily and the 2 hours flew by. Overall we all came away feeling like we’d shared something special.
The storm, terrible traffic and the time of year didn't stop people coming which is wonderful. Some very poignant topics at this event, and some very insightful discussions. Particularly found interesting the discussion around how selfish you can be if you know you are dying. I'm very pleased to have hosted this event.
Sadly only the organisers turned up to this event so we took the time to discuss a new approach. This includes possibly a new time and therefore a new location within the hospital to accomodate people better. Watch this space! March event is likely to remain as advertised however.
Hello Death Positive People!
Thank you to those who came to the first-of-the-year January 8th Death Café – Hillsborough (DC-H) which included ELEVEN NEW people adding to our Death Café’s conversations! Due to there no longer being a Hillsborough restaurant with the space to accommodate our group, this Death Café morphed into a community potluck that meets at a small house in a neighborhood. Thank you for the fantastic food this time too, folks! One of the feedback/evaluation forms received (thank you to those who filled one in!) suggested coordinating what food is brought. I do not have the additional time to do that, plus our ...
The next meeting of the Kingston Death Cafe is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2020 From 10:00 AM until noon. It will be held at Beal House, 222 Main Street, Kingston, MA 02364.
This January we´ll have a new cafe
Another excellent Death Cafe with newcomers to join in the conversation. We have been so encouraged by the various ages and stages of folks attending the death cafes and it has been awesome. One different aspect of this cafe was quite a good discussion regarding spirits and other experiences. Very fascinating for those who were sharing their experience and equally interesting for those who had not had such experiences. We also talked of near death experiences and what that was like for those who had that experience or learned of it from another person. Discussions around new ways of caring for our dead people which are actually the ...
Another great venue in Ibiza for the December edition of Ibiza Death Cafe. Thanks to all that attended and Happy New Year!
For December’s Death Café Iowa we met at Palmers Deli & Market on Ingersoll. Buffy Peters and Becca Suvalsky (members of the Bereavement Professionals Group) facilitated the group. We had four people in attendance, 3 women and 1 man, and participants ranged in ages and professions. Members brought several interesting topics to the group this month. We had a really good conversation at this month’s Death Café.
One group member brought an article that discussed the history of death certificates. This lead to a really interesting conversation about birth and death certificates. We also discussed the importance of having a death certificate and what it is used ...
Particularly poignant as the group met on Remembrance Day! We were a group of 10 from different back grounds and life experiences.
Topics discussed included debate over the value of social media platforms to announce death or pay tribute to those who have died. We discussed why people find it hard to share thoughts about death and the taboo nature of dying and illness.
We noted how important it is to speak with children honestly about death and bereavement and the support groups available for this.
We also spoke about the cost of funerals and funeral insurance policy. For those without one, there is a risk that family ...
The students did a fantastic job of presenting their topics. We had several faculty and staff from campus come and comment on how well the students knew their material and were able to communicate what they know. I didn't get a count of how many came, but we had a really good crowd during the two hours we held the cafe.
The exciting news, though, is that a reporter from SDPB contacted us and did a piece on the cafe. She was impressed as well, and was very complimentary of the Death Cafe model.
Here is the link to the article and radio piece: https://www.sdpb ...