Death and dying are very much on the menu at our virtual Death Café in partnership with Carers FIRST.
These events have been popular in the past, which is why we have teamed up with Carers FIRST to deliver a virtual* Death Café during Dying Matters Awareness Week. Members of the public can gather together on Zoom to have a drink, a snack and discuss death.
A Death Café 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. 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.
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. What we are hoping to do is help to change social attitudes towards death and dying and provide a safe haven where talking about death is encouraged. 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 Café’ really isn’t as morbid as it may sound and we want to provide an environment where the important topic of death can be broached without judgement. Death can bring up many questions, opinions and feelings and with this in mind, one of our professional counsellors will be in attendance to provide additional support or help if anyone should need it. We are looking forward to exploring the many topics that may arise from what constitutes a ‘good’ death, to how someone would like to be remembered to the song they’d like playing at their funeral.
*We will send the Zoom invites out closer to the date of the event.