The death cafe movement was established ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. The Death Café movement originated in London in 2010, and has now spread across the globe. It is a space for people to meet informally to talk through all aspects of the end of life. They are not so much grief or end-of-life support groups as opportunities for confidential and philosophical conversation. They are intended for people who may have someone in their family who is dying, or for people who are simply interested in exploring ideas around death and dying, knowing they too will face it one day. They offer a chance to discuss these important topics in ways that are not taboo, trivialized, or morbid. Meetings are held informally and are not for profit. For more information on the movement see Death Cafe.
We meet in the Long Barn at Roselidden the first Wednesday of each month (mostly, sometimes it has to be pushed back to the following week) and share our experiences, fears, hopes and concerns about the whole dying process. The conversation arises and meanders easily each time we meet, encompassing regular themes as well as taking us off into delightful new avenues for consideration and discovery. Not everyone wishes to say much, but the mere fact of being there to listen to each other is an amazing gift to us all.
Our dates are regularly posted on the our EndOfTheRoad facebook page.