Their 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 counseling session.
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!
Death Cafe is a ‘social franchise’. This means that people who sign up to the guide and principles can use the name Death Cafe, post events to the Death Café Website (www.deathcafe.com) and talk to the press as an affiliate of Death Cafe.
Death Cafes have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australia. As of today, 803 Death Cafes have been offered since September 2011.
The Death Cafe model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz.
Death Cafe has no staff and is run on a voluntary basis by Jon Underwood in Hackney, East London. Also Lizzy Miles who ran the first Death Cafe in the U.S. and Megan Mooney who runs the Death Cafe Facebook page have played a significant role in Death Cafe’s development.
People often ask why the Death Cafes are so popular. Everyone has their own reasons for getting involved in Death Cafe. – See more at: http://deathcafe.com/what/#sthash.eYN3ZxOa.dpuf