Death. Such a taboo subject in our Western culture yet a subject that really needs to be talked about more openly. After all, death is a natural process that will happen to all of us at some stage. It is something we are not able to avoid, no matter how hard we try.
In recent times, "Death Cafes" have started to be established as a means for people to gather together and discuss the concept of death over a cup of tea (or coffee) and a slice of cake. The first Death Cafe took place in East London in September 2011 and since that time similar events have been held all around the world.
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. As such, Death Cafes are seen as discussion groups rather than grief support or counselling sessions.
On Saturday, 23 July 2016 The Goddess House will be opening its doors to hold a Death Café from 11am to 1pm. If you would like to attend this Death Café, please ensure you register your interest here as there are limited positions available.
Light refreshments including tea, coffee, homemade scones and yes, cake will be made available.
Some resources about death:
- End of Life Death Doula Services - An End of Life Doula is someone who has undergone special training to empower and support the dying and/or their family and friends however the journey unfolds
- Natural Death Care Centre - offers "death walker" training
- Dying2Learn - MOOC online course on whether or not how we approach death and dying is changing in the 21st century