On Tuesday 15th May, I was lucky enough to be involved as a volunteer in the Norwich Forum Death Cafe, as part of Dying matters week. https://www.dyingmatters.org/AwarenessWeek
For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a death cafe is, I have taken the simple explanation off the Death Cafe website…http://deathcafe.com/
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.
Our 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 counselling session.
Our Death Cafes are always offered:
– On a not for profit basis
– 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!
I saw faces that I had seen at past events, as well as new ones. The day was full of stimulating, heart felt conversation and delicious cake too! Well done to Su Squires for her welcoming open heart, and her wealth of experience. The cafe’s informal approach makes the conversation about death an accessible one. Giving those who have been effected by it, a chance to voice concerns and share their experience without judgement.