Thursday, May 17, 2018
Solie Funeral Home
3301 Colby Ave,
6:00pm - 8:00m
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Unity in Lynnwood
16727 Alderwood Mall Pkwy,
2:00pm - 4:00pm
RSVP strongly encouraged: Karuna Duval or 707-494-0668
"Keep death daily before your eyes." - St. Benedict
"Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom." - Psalm 90:12
"Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely" - Buddha
"Death may be the greatest of all human blessings." - Socrates
"Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides." Lao Tzu
Talking about death won't kill you. A subject that is taboo in our culture, it is becoming a topic that more people want to discuss. The fact is we all will experience a loved one dying (human or non-human), and we ourselves will die.
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.
Death Cafes are always offered:
- On a not for profit basis, donation are accepted to cover costs of the space and food
- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!
Death Cafes have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. As of today, there have been 5,633 Death Cafes offered in 52 countries since September 2011. If 10 people came to each one that would be 56,330 participants. There are people who are keen to talk about death and that many are passionate enough to organize their own Death Cafe.
The Death Cafe model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz. The Death Cafe "headquarters" has no staff and is run on a voluntary basis by Jon Underwood in Hackney, East London. Also Lizzy Miles who ran the first Death Cafe in the U.S. and Megan Mooney who runs the Death Cafe Facebook page have played a significant role in Death Cafe's development.