The Angel Coffee House in Lincoln set to host hospice Death Cafe

The Death Café movement aims to increase awareness of death and encourage open and honest conversations in a bid to break social taboos

St Barnabas Hospice will host a Death Café on Sunday 14th May, from 4pm – 6pm, at The Angel Coffee House on Free School Lane in Lincoln.

The Death Café is the second of four planned for this year and takes place on the last day of National dying Matters Week, running from 8 to 14 May. At Death Café members of the public are encouraged to gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

Lisa Gibson, Community Development Manager at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We held the first of four Death Cafés earlier this year and we were delighted by the positive feedback from those who attended. It is clear that there is a real need for this type of event in our city and we are delighted to be able to help our community have these important conversations.

“The event really isn’t as morbid as it may sound and people tell us that they leave the event feeling uplifted and inspired. Talking about death, dying and bereavement is a subject that many people can find challenging. In many ways, it has become a modern taboo with people desperately avoiding their own mortality.”

A Death Café is a group directed discussion about death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.

Lisa said:

“At Death Café people talk about all sorts of subjects from Will writing, coping with bereavement and how to talk to family about dying. It is really inspiring to hear all of the life affirming conversations taking place and alongside the serious topics being discussed there is always a lot of laughter.”

The Death Café movement was started by Jon Underwood in London in 2011 and since then thousands of Death Cafes have been held across Europe, North America, and Australasia.

Lisa concludes: “It is our view that having open and honest conversations will mean that we are all better equipped to support each other when death has an impact on our lives.

“Death can bring up many questions, opinions and feelings and with this in mind our professional counsellors will be in attendance to provide additional support or help if anyone should need it.”

Death café is also planned for Sunday 6th August and Sunday 19th November.

Death Café is FREE and open to everyone, but attendance is limited to 45 people.

For more information about Death Café or to reserve your seat at the table contact 01522 559 504 or email marketing@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or sign up to the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/588887011303043/

Dying Matters Week is now in its eighth year and raises awareness of the importance of talking about, and planning for dying, with family members and loved ones.

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