So here’s the thing. Death is the only universal constant besides math, right? Everyone, at some point in their lives, is going to die. Its an every day occurrence. Yet its practically taboo to talk about! People would rather talk politics or sex than talk about death. Even major religious discussions only glance over the topic with references to paradise-like afterlives.
A Death Cafe is a welcoming, stigma free environment for people to gather and discuss topics related to death and dying. No one’s selling you on a religion, no one’s pushing you to believe something or judging you for your experiences. Its a movement to promote the subject of death, to normalize it, to get people thinking about it before its too late.
From their website:
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.
Our objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.
Basically, we’ll drink tea, eat cake, and discuss death. It’s an agenda free discussion about topics related to death, dying, or fears and regrets, and whatever else people feel the need to share. There’s no curriculum to follow and no expert to listen to; the discussions are group led and flow organically based on what people feel called to talk about.
Death Cafes are affiliate-free, so while I’m hosting it, The Poor Apothecary makes no profit. Neither does Wild Woman Wellness Center, our location. There is a suggested donation, to cover my costs for hosting, but anything collected above and beyond will be donated to charity (as per Death Cafe’s official guidelines). And if you can’t donate, I still want to see you there. The topic is more important than the money.
I’m really excited to be facilitating this. I think its incredibly important for people to face their fears about death. I myself have a ton of deep seated fear of the unknown, and I really think this will help me. I’m hoping others can find some help from it too.
Tea, coffee, water, and snacks will be provided. Dairy free, gluten free, and vegan options available. And remember; there are no hard choices to make with THIS cake!