Join us for our first-ever Death Cafe at the Hall, facilitated by Dawn Walsh, End-of-Life Doula.
Death Cafe is a participant-led, open-ended discussion about death with the aim of increasing awareness and helping each other make the most of our (finite) lives. It is group directed with no agenda, objectives or themes. Cake, tea and coffee provided!
The history of the Death Cafe:
In 2010 Jon Underwood decided to develop a series of projects about death one of which was to focus on talking about death. In November Jon read about the work of Bernard Crettaz in the Independent newspaper. Inspired by Bernard’s work, Jon immediately decided to use similar model for his own project, and Death Cafe was born.
The first Death Cafe in the UK was offered in Jon’s house in Hackney, East London in September 2011. It was facilitated by pychotherapist Sue Barsky Reid, Jon’s mum. It was a wonderful occasion. They went on to offer Death Cafes in a range of places including funky cafes, people’s houses, cemeteries, a yurt and the Royal Festival Hall. Jon and Sue Barsky Reid produced a guide to running your own Death Cafe, based around the methodology Sue developed. This was published in Feb. 2012 and first person to pick it up outside of the UK was Lizzy Miles in Columbus, Ohio. Subsequently hundreds of people have worked with us to provide Death Cafes across the globe.