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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Eat chocolate, drink tea and discuss death
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Image source website Death Cafe

Not your average cafe outing, this is a chance to have a cuppa, some cake and enjoy some chocolate. All supplied. It is also a chance to discuss death, although not in a morbid sense but rather in order to embrace life.

This is not a grief support or counselling session. It is a pop-up where strangers meet to discuss death and eat delicious food. The goal is for visitors to a "Death Café" to be inspired and to live their lives to the fullest.

Death Cafe
Source of Image Death Cafe Facebook

While we value birth, death often comes as a shock to loved ones because it is a topic little considered, especially in our culture, the topic of death is still a taboo topic.

Jon Underwood, a former senior council worker and web developer who founded Death Cafe held the first Death Cafe in 2011 in his home in London. He stated that "we have lost control of one of the most significant events we ever have to face."

Since then the Death Cafe phenomenon has spread worldwide. In fact, there have been over 6,000 Death Cafes in 56 countries. You can learn more about Death Cafe

The intention is to provide a safe space for conversation, without ideology, religion, or any kind of agenda being involved.

There are a couple of Death Cafe free events. They are held on various dates at Melbourne General Cemetery - click here.

The Springvale Botanical Cemetery - click here

Also, keep an eye on Death Cafe Melbourne Facebook for future events. These are often held on solstices and equinoxes.

As well as the above there are worldwide guidelines for running a Death Cafe and they can certainly be held in any number of venues including people's homes and public places. If you are interested in the guidelines on how to run a Death Cafe click here. For the Melbourne group, click here.

There is also an interesting article about an SMH journalist who attended a Death Cafe event and wrote up her experience - click here.

Death Cafe
Source: Death Cafe Facebook
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Why? To face death but embrace life
When: Held a few times a year with a schedule of rolling dates please see links in article
Where: Various venues inc. Melbourne General Cemetery and Springvale Botanical
Cost: This event is FREE and snacks are included
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