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Death Café is a safe space for conversation about topics of interest to participants about death, dying and end-of-life issues.
Some topics that may arise:
There can be laughter! And there can be tears. Conversations about destigmatizing death and exploring feelings about end-of-life issues can be both emotional and inspirational.
Everyone is welcome – participation is free and open to curious people of all ages, all backgrounds with different motivations, experiences, and interests. Each conversation has a host who supports open dialogue – with no set agenda or objective – but maybe with some really stimulating questions!
A few simple ground rules support confidential conversation and ensure respectful sharing of diverse views and beliefs.
Join our mailing list to receive notices about upcoming Death Café meetings, as well as meeting notes, helpful information about death, dying, and end-of-life issues.
Death Cafés are part of an international social movement that began with Swiss sociologist Dr. Bernard Crettaz, who organized the first café in 2004. The idea took off after the late Jon Underwood hosted a café at his home in England in 2011. The movement has since grown to dozens of countries around the world with community members gathering in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoying tea or coffee and snacks, and sharing engaging, thought provoking and life affirming conversation in parks, hospices, libraries, coffee shops, homes and online – visit deathcafe.com for more information.
The following are a collection of resources, suggested by participants, to aid in the journey of navigating death, dying and end-of-life issues.
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant
by Roz Chast
by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone
A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
by Stephen Levine
In Praise of Retreat: Finding Sanctuary in the Modern World
by Kirsteen MacLeod
Dying for Attention
Needs of the Dying
by David Kessler
Tibetan Book of the Dead
by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche & Francesca Fremantle
Being with Dying
by Joan Halifax
One Year to Live
by Stephen Levine
TEN THOUSAND JOYS & TEN THOUSAND SORROWS
by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle
by Atul Gawande
With the End in Mind: Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial
by Kathrin Mannix
IN THE REALM OF DEATH & DREAMING
The When you Die Trilogy
THE WESTERN MIND AND DENIAL OF DEATH
Dying Well is the Best Gift you can Give your Children
THE WAITING ROOM
DYING WITH DIGNITY WEBSITE
Dying with Dignity Canada
M.A.I.D. – Medical Assistance in Dying
Government of Canada
The Art of Silence How Marcel Marceau touched hearts and saved lives without words
CBC Writers and Company