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Philadelphia Death Café: Center City
Philadelphia Death Café is held in Center City on the last Monday of each month (there are exceptions when holidays or major city events fall on the last Monday). The Death Café phenomenon started in Europe as an open and supportive forum for people to discuss mortality, free of taboo and social stigma, over coffee and snacks. Please join us for friendly conversation around topics of life & death, from any angle that interests you. Openness is the only pre-requisite. Typically we break out into smaller groups of 4-5 people to keep conversations intimate. And bring friends! Our Death Café Meetup is held in the Barnes & Noble Book Store Café on Rittenhouse square (1805 Walnut Street- second floor). There is plenty of seating for everyone who RSVP’s, or just walks in, to join us on the last Monday of each month. Be sure to come hungry and enjoy their fantastic menu such as: Café sandwiches, ½ sandwich and soup, Philly Cheesesteak, wraps, club sandwiches, pizza, enchiladas, quiches, pretzels, Espresso (, Beverage Favorites (, and Bakery ( items. Just take the escalator or elevator up to the second floor to join the group from 6:45 to 8:15. Bring your family and friends for an interesting evening of sharing. We really like our new location, and hope you'll like it as much as we do. Be sure to arrive 5-10 minutes early to place your food and beverage orders to maximize the Death Cafe experience. See you there!

Barnes & Noble

1805 Walnut Street · Philadelphia, PA

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Death Cafés are a part of a global movement to provide a relaxed and nurturing setting where you can join open, honest discussions to explore the questions you may have about life, dying and grief.

The objective of Death Café is, "To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives".

Death Cafes are not-for-profit and there is no cost to attend one (although purchase of a coffee and snack are encouraged to fully partake in the experience). To learn more about the origins of Death Cafes, visit

NOTE: Death Cafes are not for bereavement support or grief counseling.

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