5:30 pm | THURSDAY, MARCH 9
“We live knowing that everything dies. Like the sun, it’s a fact of life. And like the sun, we tend not to look right at it. Unless you’ve experienced a recent death, it’s probably not something you discuss. But a new movement is trying to change that, with a serving of tea and cake.”
–NPR, Around the Nation, March 8, 2013
About Death Cafe
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective is "to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Death Cafes have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. So far, they have offered 4,130 Death Cafes in 42 countries since September 2011.
Death Cafes are always offered:
• On a not for profit basis
• In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
• With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
• Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!
About the Host, Dani LaVoire
Dani has been attending home births for 20 years. Recently she has felt the pull to hold space for the dying in a similar way as she has done for births. Currently Dani is a hospice volunteer working to learn the art of a Home Funeral Guide. – Learn more about Death Cafe discussion groups »