Death Cafe write-ups
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,
Oxnard's first (that we know of) Death Cafe drew people from as far away as Thousand Oaks and Santa Barbara. It was well-attended with 13 people from all age groups. We ate cake and cookies, drank tea, and talked about subjects like grief, alternatives to traditional dispositions, and visits from deceased loved ones. The attendees enthusiastically agreed we should host again, and soon! I won't be surprised to see Camarillo and Thousand Oaks Death Cafes soon as well.
Home funerals, green burials, near death experiences,death and dying from different cultural perspectives, experiences with death as a young child, and more were part of the discussion at this week's Death Cafe. And, of course, there was cake! We had a large and convivial group, with many planning to return to continue the conversation next month.
For March’s Death Café Iowa we met at a Plymouth Place on Ingersoll. Buffy Peters and Becca Suvalsky (members of the Young Bereavement Professionals Group) facilitated the group. We had 9 people in attendance, 1 man and 8 women, and participants ranged in ages and professions.
Members brought several new interesting topics to the group this month. Topics included the Scro Machine by Dr. Philip Narco which is a portable nitrogen machine in Sweden that is being used to assist in death with dignity. The group also discussed animal taxidermy, donating body to science, and a recent article about a body farm in Colorado that has been ...
Our first Death Cafe was a big success!
We had lots of inspiring conversation, which created some thoughtful moments. The topics were enlightening and flowed from one topic to another.
The chocolate cake was 'exceptional' according to the evaluations and raves. This is a must for the next Death Cafe, we were told.
We plan to hold the second Death Cafe in early June 2019. Stay tuned!
This was one of three meetings of Malvern Death cafe that week in March, 2019. Several folks who had never been to a death cafe before came to each of them. Speaking of their own interest in death and end of life matters, of how important it is to speak of these things. Of the sensations and stuckness experienced when a person wont speak of the dead, the dying, their own or another's. Of the huge to do lists which need dealing with preferably before I am on a drip taking my last breath.
A social anthropologist came too, a delightful woman doing her thesis on Death ...
Last night seven of us explored topics of individuality, social atomism vs. holism, and cells & viruses in a lively discussion.Do cells/viruses and social groups have individuality the ways that we think that humans do? How does our concept of death relate to our concept of individuality?
We held our first Death Cafe yesterday with five attending and talked over tea, fruit punch and blueberry bundt cake. Though participants were initially uneasy with not having an agenda, over the course of two hours the group became more comfortable and fluid with different participants talking about things that came to their mind. There was some suggestion that the cafe offered one participant in particular a caring setting to speak and be heard regarding loss they had experienced and had few other outlets to safely share. The discussions ranged from writing ones obituary ahead of time to family discord, cremation, and candy. There was also recommendation to ...
The event was part of my Dark Tourism course. Many of the local Death Cafe events are not language-accessible for ASL users so I hosted the event.
My students made cookies and I brought a cake. Everyone stayed beyond the time and while it took a bit for them to get the discussion started, once it started they did not want to stop.
I always enjoy freshmen/ upper class student-interactions. Two of my freshmen from an earlier class were trying to sneak in when I told them they were invited. They stayed until the end.
We had a terrific Death Cafe with a record 25 people! I was tempted to split the group but it flowed smoothly with most contributing. Two participants recommended companies to which you can donate your body for science, leading to interesting discussion. Also talked about importance of dreams of those approaching death as well as myriad other topics. Good stuff!
Excellent Death Cafe where we met in the evening at a Brewers Fayre, so some attending grabbed food or hot drinks and others had a glass or wine or soft drink. The conversation was buzzing and we mainly stayed on subject or at least circled back round to it. Interesting discussions on donating your body for research, too.
Our meeting in March was our 7th death cafe meeting. There were 14 of us in total, 9 first time attendees.
Our conversation started with introductions and sharing about what brought us to this meeting. From the new people it was about having an interest to attend and to experience and find out what happens at a death cafe.
Others who have attended before talked about how our conversations always left them feeling enlivened.
We discussed the experience of being completely undone and put back together in a new way, being completley changed on a cellular level by the deaths of close loved ones. Interest was shown in ...