A Death Cafe creates space for an open and relaxed conversation about death and dying over a cup of tea.
The Death Cafe model aims to shift the conversation around death from one of fear or avoidance to that of familiarity and comfort.
Sit around tables of 3-6 people for a confidential, group-directed discussion. Bring your experiences to share; bring your questions to ask. Share only what you are comfortable with—no pressure to tell the details of your personal story. If you have attended in the past you are most welcome to attend again—with new people around the table each time conversation is always different.
An article in Guelph Today on our April 2016 Death Cafe describes well the mood of the event:
“Far from being morbid, bleak or despairing, the mood of the event was equal parts sorrowful, uplifting, and caring. The room, at times a din of laughter and passionate story-sharing, was divided into a number of smaller groups, mostly consisting of strangers.
The intimate nature of the subject quickly created an atmosphere of empathy and trust, and the conversation flowed effortlessly.”
Red Brick Cafe is a physically accessible space with gender inclusive washrooms. Bike lock up available. Closest bus stops in St George’s square. Free 2 hour parking is available downtown. We aim to create a space welcoming to all spiritual or religious beliefs or non-beliefs. This event is free. Please arrive by 6:45pm to give yourself time to get settled prior to beginning at 7pm.
Check out the articles that Guelph Today wrote about our April and August 2016 Death Cafes:
As featured on Rogers TV programs #GuelphLIFE and Inside Guelph
Remaining 2017 Guelph Death Cafes will be held December 12. To be notified directly of upcoming offerings send your email address to Woven Threads on Facebook, follow Woven Threads on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to our email list.