Death Cafe

Death Café: An open conversation

Have you ever wanted to talk about death?

Then join us for a lively group-directed discussion about death, dying and the afterlife

at our monthly Death Café .

Until further notice, and in the interest of public health due to the 
Coronavirus outbreak, Death Café is currently not running.

A Death Café provides an opportunity for people to increase their awareness and understanding of death, and for death-related conversations to take place in a warm and informal environment.  People of all ages and from all walks of life come together to share stories of great intimacy over a cup of tea or coffee, and cake. Death Cafés provide an open, respectful and confidential space where everyone present can express their views, ask questions, and explore their beliefs without the fear of being judged.

Your facilitator, Dr Michele Knight, has been running Death Cafe’s in Sydney’s inner west since September 2014.  Death Café, which is held on the last Saturday of each month, 2:00-4:00pm, is currently being hosted by:

South End Café, 644 King Street, Erskineville, NSW
Death Café is a social franchise which is based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist who set up the Café Mortels. Jon Underwood (deathcafe.com) read about the first Café Mortel to take place in Paris in the Independent newspaper in 2010, and was immediately motivated to offer these himself.  For further information on the Death Café social franchise, please visit deathcafe.com

Death Café is not a bereavement support group or a grief counselling setting, and won’t work for people who for whatever reason, aren’t able to discuss death comfortably and openly.

Death Café is not an opportunity to give people information about death and dying regardless of how good or important it is. Instead, we create time to discuss death without expectations. For this reason having guest speakers and information materials available is actively discouraged.  Finally, Death Café doesn’t work as a method of community engagement, research or consultation and is not used for these purposes.

For further information or to RSVP, please email us at michele.knight@sydney.edu.au or visit us at Facebook: facebook.com/deathcafemarrickville

Death Café (formerly Death Café Marrickville)