St Barnabas Hospice brings Death Cafe to Lincoln

The Angel Coffee House on Free School Lane in Lincoln. Photography courtesy of Steven Haddock.

Death and dying are very much on the menu at Lincoln’s first ever Death Café

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice has today (Tuesday April 26) unveiled plans to host Lincoln’s first ever Death Café where members of the public can gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

The Death Café will be held on Sunday 15th May, from 3 – 5pm, at The Angel Coffee House on Free School Lane in Lincoln. The event aims to stimulate conversation about death and dying.

Michelle Webb, Director of Patient Care at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“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.”

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 Angel Coffee House will also be hosting a collection of artwork from local artists which depict the topics of death and dying. The artwork will be on display from Monday 9th May for one week.

Michelle said:

“Death Café really isn’t as morbid as it may sound and its premise is 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 our professional counsellors will be in attendance to provide additional support or help if anyone should need it.

“Death Café is a new concept for us and 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.”

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.

Death Café is being held on the last day of Dying Matters Week, which runs from 9th – 15th May. The annual campaign urges people to talk more openly about death, dying and bereavement and make plans for the end of life.

St Barnabas Hospice will also host a second Death Café at Three Counties Deli and Coffee Shop in Long Sutton on Thursday 12th May, from 7 – 9pm.

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/1601114136874462/

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