Welcome to Death Café New York City. We look forward to having you join us to learn and share with others.
The idea of the Death Café comes from the work of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz, who saw the concept as part of a set of projects about death called Impermanence. Founder Jon Underwood, in the UK, read about Crettaz's work in a newspaper article and in November 2010, opened the first known Death Café.
We adopt the European "salon" model of Death Café: free-flowingconversation around the topic of death-from-any-angle. Openness is the only pre-requisite. Our chosen professions - Audrey in grief recovery and Nancy in the prescriptive arts - have everything to do with why we steer away from the facilitated approach, guest speakers and "hands-on activities." Nothing impacts health and wellness more than a) repressed emotional statements about loss and regrets, and b) unexpressed doubts about one's coping strategies and belief systems.
As NYC's pilot Death Café,we attract a wonderfully curious bunch of both listeners and storytellers - ranging from death doulas and Reiki masters, anthropologists and Jungian analysts to filmmakers, professors and chaplains, retired cops, and social workers.
What distinguishes our Death Café?
They are held:
On a not-for-profit basis (you pay for your own grub);
In an accessible and respectful space, free of discrimination, where people can express their views safely;
With no intention of leading participants towards any particular conclusion, product, belief system, or course of action;
Drawing together individuals with empathy and humor, spiritual/ philosophical/ religious/intellectual beliefs, pursuits or questions (who are free to provide support to each other outside Death Café);
Alongside refreshments that make our meetings that much sweeter and spirited!
Participants are asked to purchase refreshments and or edibles out of respect for the establishment and staff. Suggested $15.00 minimum.