Death Cafe write-ups
6 of us met for the October meeting of the CWDC to which we welcomed along 2 newcomers both of whom were attending a Death Cafe for the first time. We introduced ourselves and reflected on where we are with the subjects of death and dying whilst sharing a zingy lemon drizzle cake inspired by Mary Berry.
Themes to emerge from our discussion:
The unspeakable quality and seemingly unacceptable nature of grief and bereavement. How difficult it is to find meaningful compassionate responses in the face of bereavement. People’s awkwardness and not knowing how to speak to those who are grieving. The shaming responses that can result ...
Last 5th November we celebrated the 13th Death Cafe in Zarautz. 12 people took part in it: 11 women and one man. We talked about the following issues:
Adults are afraid to talk about illness and death to children and they hide these to them. Is it necessary to educate them in these matters and is it even healthy to cry before them?
·In the pass (50 years ago, more or less) there was the custom of going to see dead people in our country.
·Religion gives hope to people. Those who live out of religion don’t have this support.
·Two women had the experience to accompany ...
This was my first Death Cafe and the first one in Pt Townsend, that I'm aware of!!
10 women showed up and we talked. The conversation tended more toward practical stuff around death than feelings....but that's where it went this time. Everyone is excited to have a Death Cafe to go to and want to do it monthly!
We met at a new venue this time. As summer approaches, the gorgeous beach front cafe we used to meet at could no longer assure us of a table so we opted for one at the racecourse that could. Perhaps because of the change of venue, or the glorious weather, only four people came. However, having just a few of us meant that each person had lots of time to talk which was wonderful. We spoke about so many things including whether its "normal" to think about death every day; the treasured objects that remind us of dead loved ones; how one can continues to live a full ...
Ten of us met at a Café and spoke about death generally as individuals. However, interestingly, at this Death Cafe, we also spoke about the death of humankind. Perhaps this was because almost half of the group were young – in their late teens or early twenties, and in the context of Youth’s vocal concern globally about climate change, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. Several of the young people who came had no interest in matters relating to death; they were simply accompanying their friend who had. However, over the course of the evening, all of them had experiences to share and views ...
We had an amazing conversation amongst the seven of us. A few Topics touched on included memorial jewelry made from ashes, traditional burial and the environment and how archaeologists work with sites where bones are discovered.
The staff at Cafe Montesol Ibiza were very helpful and welcoming to the group. This Death Cafe session was a special "Día de los Muertos" edition in honor of the holiday due to be celebrated this week where friends and family who have died are remembered.
Hello Death Positive People! Thank you to those who joined in the October 9th Death Cafe – Hillsborough (DC-H) which included our *One Year Anniversary* complete with a delicious vegan chocolate cake from the local coop! We also had a drawing for one of three temporary tattoos (full facial Day of the Dead motif) that Neidra donated: Chinwe, Maryann, and Geri were the winners! There were three new people adding to this Death Cafe’s conversations. Fantastic! Spread the word! Information about the next DC-H, plus others in our area, is below. First, a summary of key points we discussed, including links for your further exploration. • Gratitude was expressed ...
We got lot of positive feed back from our Death Cafes that we held on the spring. We decided to have more cafes and organized these on the autumn. We had three of them in total on August, September and October. We had lot of familiar faces during the events, but each time we had lot of new participants and new discussions and opinions. All of our events were fully booked, but we always kept an option for the walk-ins to participate. During our festival week there were over 30 people who took part of the cafe. This worked out well! We hope that someone would continue keeping ...
For October’s Death Cafe 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 three people in attendance, 2 women and 1 man, and participants ranged in ages and professions. Members brought several interesting topics to the group this month.
We have recently noticed a growing number of podcasts that discuss death and dying. One group member started listing to a new podcast called “Last Day” that discusses the opioid epidemic and shares some stories of individual's last day before they died from a drug overdose. Another podcast that was mentioned ...
Please join us for a Death Cafe event on campus!
Oxnard's 3rd Death Cafe had seven people in attendance. Three had never attended a DC before. Participants discussed the fear of miscarriage and the sort of grief that lingers even after a healthy birth. Participants also talked about sudden, violent death, such as a murder, and how such a death is similar to, yet very different from, more "natural" sorts of deaths. The conversation was very interesting and informative, and a few attendees stayed late to finish discussing their thoughts.
It was a small group this month. None present minded this as it allowed for the group to go deeper in discussion and sharing . Suicide was a topic discussed. We, previous to this meeting had a couple of months that our regular meet up did not run. It was exspressed that the break made people loose momentum for coming. It was all regulars this meeting.
We organized our first Death Cafe on Oct.7th, 2019.
During 3 hours, we talked a lot and discussed a lot about Death.
Participants are from different industries such as : psychological consultant, volunteer of hospice care, professor in university, producer from television station, managerial people from different companies… discussions started from near-death experience, several people who had such experience before shared what “death” like : soul flies out of the body and just like take off your jacket. This start made people feel that death seems not that horrible as expected.
“what will you do if you know you soon come to the end of your life?’ someone ...
We had a full group for our cafe at the Guildhall! We enjoyed various cakes and interesting conversation on a range of issues. Every time is different and yet similar in how easy it is to talk to strangers about death and our concerns.
One couple had expressed interest in training as end of life doulas/ soul midwives and one lady was undergoing training in this so could share her experience.
We discussed examples of loved ones death and how different these were ranging from very peaceful to noisy and traumatic and we realised how little we can influence this sometimes.
People shared their future plans and also ...