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by Faye (subscribe)
I love travelling and writing, meeting people and experiencing foodie places.
Published March 10th 2016
Cake and conversation on death
When was the last time you shared a cuppa and cake with a relative or friend and discussed death? It can be a difficult topic for many people to talk openly about death, particularly in Western culture, where to acknowledge that a loved one has died means that it is final and we must continue to live without that person in our life. Often we use euphemisms to describe the death of a loved one "lost", "passed away", "joined the choir invisible".

Death Cafe at Marrickville is hosted by the aptly named Lazy Bones Lounge, a restaurant and bar with live music at night.

Lazy Bones Lounge
Lazy Bones Lounge entrance - Photo by Faye

Death Cafe is not merely a place, it is an experience of heart-warming conversations where a group of people, often strangers, gather to discuss death and dying. Conversations flow freely and there are no agendas, just an open and non-judgemental atmosphere. This extraordinary cafe is not a bereavement support group nor is it for people who are grieving the recent death of a loved one. It is a group to share viewpoints in a respectful and open manner. There are poignant narratives and inspiring stories and uplifting accounts. Within this remarkable setting is also a place for humour.

Death cafe Marrickville
Photo by Faye

At these meetings, it has often been acknowledged in the group that people need to have discussions about death before a terminal diagnosis is made or an accident occurs. Dr. Michele Knight who facilitates this unique cafe each month, posed some questions: "How does death teach us to live? How does death help us understand ourselves and our relationship to the ecological universe?" Deep questions with a variety of answers.

waysofbeing
Photo by Faye

Michele has extensive experience in community advocacy and support; has worked in the areas of bereavement and grief; has been involved in hospital chaplaincy and pastoral care as well as academic lecturing; and has her own lived experience.

The Death Cafe is a wonderful space for thought-provoking conversations. The food is also delicious.
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Why? To discuss death in an open, non-judgemental group, or purely out of curiousity
When: Last Saturday of each month. Check website for further details
Where: Lazy Bones Lounge, upstairs, 294 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Cost: Gold coin entry donation in support of charity
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Congratulations winning first place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12364) 1148 days ago
Congratulations on winning first prize.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 1148 days ago
Hi,

A couple of years ago I attended a Death Cafe in Katoomba.

There was mention there of a person/woman/group who are based in Sydney that will help with at home/DIY funerals, which included being able to provide a cold plate for hire.

Plese would you happen to know who this person may be? And, if so, what their contact details may be?

Thanks
Cheers
Ilona
by ilona (score: 0|4) 1150 days ago
What a unique cafe. Sounds like an interesting and positive experience!
by Erin (score: 2|532) 1150 days ago
It's a fascinating experience, and a wonderful place to hear others' stories.
by Faye (score: 3|1139) 1150 days ago
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