Here's an opportunity to engage informally in group discussions about death and dying. There is no agenda. According to standard protocol, sessions are held at venues where food (a dessert in this case) is available and consumed as part of the experience. The international death cafe movement has become popular in the United States and throughout the world. Articles about it have been published in multiple news reports.
ARRIVAL: Park in front of the building. Upon entering, use elevator in reception area to reach the second floor media room.
TIME: Room reserved for period from 5:30-8:00, with 6:00 start time for a supplemental article discussion apart from the death cafe format, which will begin at 6:30. A link to the article will be distributed close to the event date.
REGISTRATION: Please sign up if planning to attend.
REFRESHMENTS: A dessert and bottled water will be provided.
SUGGESTION: Make a mental note of issues that surface during the course of everyday life that might interest group participants. Introduce them to spark discussions.
DESCRIPTION: A concept implemented in England in 2011 that has become popular in the U.S. and around the world. As a non-profit initiative, its international presence is perpetually being augmented through increasing numbers of new groups. Jon Underwood was the originator who inaugurated the first session, based on the writings of Bernard Crettaz, a sociologist in Switzerland who recognized the importance of talking about death.
Though the name implies a place, it is primarily an experience – an opportunity for individuals to gather as a group for a relaxed discussion about various aspects of death. There is no agenda or instructional menu. Conversations evolve spontaneously according to thoughts and expressions. There are no objectives. This is not a support group for grief counseling or a class for funeral pre-planning. It is simply a chance for a generally closeted topic to be brought out into the open.
ARTICLES: Multiple news media have published stories about this movement, including the Democrat & Chronicle, Huffington Post, USA Today, and npr News.