Archive of ‘Death Cafes’ category

Alchemy Cafe morphs into Death Cafe!

death cafe

The room looked beautiful as the morning rays brought light and warmth to the space in readiness for the Death Cafe. Six wooden tables beamed a splash of Spring colour from the freshly cut golden wattle and mauve lavender sprigs in recycled port glasses. A bottle of chilled water, 4 glasses, a small tissue pack, […] Read more…

Death in the vines

Yesterday, on a rainy Winter Sunday afternoon, I hosted my fourth Death Café. This time it was in D&M Bakery in Angaston; an historic wine producing town nestled in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Warmed by the fire, hot drinks and platters of freshly baked sweet treats, 18 of us came together to have a […] Read more…

Death cafe resources

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. Jon Underwood maintains the integrity of the Death cafe movement. He encourages people to add to the grass-roost conversation around death and dying by contributing any of […] Read more…

Speaking about death won’t kill you

“Speaking about death won’t kill you just like speaking about sex won’t make you pregnant.” We are so disconnected from death in our secular Western culture. We don’t do death well. How do I know this? From experience. From a cultural point of view, I was totally unprepared for my son’s death 2.5 years ago. […] Read more…

Dead Curious: My first Death Cafe

Death Cafe Gawler

On a sunny Sunday autumnal afternoon; 12 of us experienced our first Death Café. The aptly named “Conversations Café” in Gawler, South Australia, provided the nurturing space for our group-directed conversation about Death. With warming drinks and a yummy home-made treat from Mignon within reach, we were ready to begin. As the participant-facilitator I opened […] Read more…