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Rochester Death Cafe
Purpose: 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. Time: Room reserved for period from 5:30-8:00, with 6:00 start time for discussion of a relevant article prior to beginning the usual Death Cafe discussion at 6:30. Supplemental Activity: This preliminary half-hour "Mortality Musings" segment invites dialogue about a specific topic, using an article that can be read ahead of time as the stimulus for conversation. A separate message with a link to the article will be sent at a later time. Registration: Please sign up if planning to attend. Refreshments: Cookies and bottled water will be provided. Suggestion: Think about issues that surface during the course of everyday life that might interest group participants. Introduce them to spark discussions. History: 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 worldwide movement, based on the writings and European gatherings initiated by Bernard Crettaz, a sociologist in Switzerland who recognized the importance of talking about death. WEBSITE: ARTICLES: Multiple news media have published stories about this burgeoning phenomenon, including the Democrat & Chronicle:

Legacy at Clover Blosom

100 McAuley Drive · Rochester, NY

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    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.

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