“To the well organized mind, Death is but the next great adventure.”
A Death Cafe is an event where 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. There’s a facilitator, but no leader, and no real structure beyond round-table conversation. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. If you’re looking for grief counseling, please reach out to your local religious or mental health organizations.
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!
While we do not charge for Death Cafes, we accept donations in any amount you wish to make. Benefitting charity TBA. Guests are still welcome even without a financial donation.
If you have food allergies or concerns, please reach out to the shop. You’re welcome to bring snacks to share as well!
More about Death Cafes:
Death Cafes have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. As of today, we have offered 9022 Death Cafes in 65 countries since September 2011. If 10 people came to each one that would be 90220 participants. We've established both that there are people who are keen to talk about death and that many are passionate enough to organise their own Death Cafe.
The Death Cafe model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz.
Death Cafe has no staff. It was run on a voluntary basis by Jon Underwood in Hackney, East London until June 2017. Jon died suddenly on 27 June 2017 and Death Cafe is now run by Susan Barsky Reid, Jon’s mother and his sister Jools Barsky. Also, Lizzy Miles who ran the first Death Cafe in the U.S. and Megan Mooney who runs the Death Cafe Facebook pagehave played a significant role in Death Cafe's development.
Learn more at www.deathcafe.com