Death Cafes: Discussions about death

Death Cafes are a relatively new phenomenon that began in the UK in 2011 according to a radio story by the CBC in which Anna Marie Tremonti interviews the founder of the Death Cafe movement Jon Underwood. The gatherings essentially offer spaces in which to discuss death, fears about death, grief, dying and related topics in a not-for-profit, agenda-free arena.  According to the Death Cafe website, their mission is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”

Since their beginning, the meetings have spread throughout the world and to the US, and the Death Cafe website offers guidelines for hosting one’s own cafe as well as a search tool to find upcoming Death Cafe events.

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