Death Cafe

Death Cafe: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 Cafe.

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

A Death Cafe 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 Cafes 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 Cafe, which is held on the last Saturday of each month, 2:00-4:00pm, is currently being hosted by:

South End Cafe, 644 King Street, Erskineville
Death Cafe is a social franchise which is based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist who set up the Cafes Mortels. Jon Underwood ( 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.  For further information on the Death Cafe social franchise, please visit

Death Cafe is not a bereavement support group or a grief counselling setting, and Death Cafes won’t work for people who for whatever reason, aren’t able to discuss death comfortably and openly.  Death Cafes also 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.  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 or to RSVP, please email us at or visit us at Facebook:

Death Cafe (formerly Death Cafe Marrickville)