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Published February 28th 2017
Talk openly about death over a cup of coffee
Just as it is natural to wonder the purpose of our existence in this world; it is also natural to wonder what happens to our matter and soul after we die. Humans have been asking this question for thousands of years, the concept of death and how to handle it has built multimillion dollar industries, created religious laws and kept some of us awake all night from time to time. However real death is; it is not a subject which is widely spoken about, people think it is morbid, sad or only to be discussed with your closest ones or your doctor.
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So what if you knew you could go to a café in your local area, from Ontario to Lille, Sydney to Copenhagen, Tampa to Auckland and talk about death with strangers?
In this video, Death Café Portland organizer Kate Brassington explains her reasons to host this event and why she wants to talk about death.
Death Cafe is a social franchise; a type of world movement started by Jon Underwood, a UK based Funeral Advisor and Sue Barsky Reid a psychotherapist and counsellor. The concept of Death Café has been embraced across Europe, North America and Australasia. To this day, there has been 4146 Death Cafes held in 42 countries since 2011! Clear evidence people want to know and talk about this subject.
Death Café sessions are hosted in many cities all around the world, click here to find one close to you, during the sessions; people are encouraged to meet, chat and discuss the subject in an informal atmosphere over a cup of tea or coffee, cake and nibbles. Most Death Cafes are hosted at local cafes or tea houses but can also be hosted in someone's house, if you are interested in hosting your own then click here.
Death Café aims to normalise the subject, but also opens a platform for those who wish to learn about it or meet people in the industry: from therapists to palliative workers, carers or family members of those who have passed away, the gatherings are not for profit and don't intend to get people to a conclusion or course of action, as death is undeniable, unpredictable and inevitable... so we may as well talk about it over a cup of coffee!