Death Cafe (Formerly Death Cafe Marrickville)
Death Cafe: An open conversation
You are warmly invited to join us at our monthly Death Cafe. Be part of an informal, lively and group-directed discussion about all things death, dying and the afterlife.
For further information or to RSVP, please email Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at Facebook: facebook.com/deathcafemarrickville
At a Death Cafe, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and coffee and discuss death-related issues. Death Cafes provide a warm, open, respectful and confidential space where people can express their views freely, and without judgement.
Death Cafe is based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist who set up the Cafes Mortels. Jon Underwood (deathcafe.com) read about the first Cafe Mortel to take place in Paris in the Independent newspaper in 2010, and was immediately motivated to offer these himself.
The objective of a Death Cafe is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. Death Cafe is not a bereavement support group or a grief counselling setting. Death Cafes don’t work for people who, for whatever reason, aren’t able to discuss death comfortably and openly; there are many projects better set up for this.
Death Cafes aren’t an opportunity to give people information about death and dying regardless of how good or important it is. Rather we create time to discuss death without expectations. For this reason having guest speakers and information materials available is actively discouraged.
And finally, Death Cafes don’t work as a method of community engagement, research or consultation and are not used for these purposes. For further information on the Death Cafe social franchise, please see deathcafe.com