Talking death over coffee
Ever heard of a Death Cafe? Sounds weird, right? The dead don’t drink coffee – at least, I don’t think so. They probably drink adult beverages, but what do I know?
Please don’t be alarmed at pictures of skulls on this page. It’s a Death Cafe thang.
Here’s why skulls are used extensively, the world over:
“Memento mori is a Latin phrase that translates to “remember you must
die.” A memento mori is something, historically a skull, that serves as a
reminder of death and mortality.” ~ Wiki
This from the Death Cafe website:
“At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.
Our 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 counselling 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!”
I attended my first Death Cafe (DC) in Cape Town about three years ago and was so sold on the idea that I started a Death Cafe South Africa and Death Cafe Helderberg Facebook group, fully intending to start one in my own area. Work had other ideas.
Now that I have fully immersed myself into serving the End of Life arena, I am ready to launch my town’s own online DC. Like or follow DC Helderberg’s Facebook page to ensure you don’t miss it, or subscribe to this blog for the announcement of our first meeting. There are only two rules:
- Bring your own food and beverages (adult or otherwise), and
- No dress code from below the waist.