Death Cafe is a 'social franchise'
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.
Our objective is
'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.
A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
Our Death Cafes are always offered:
- On a not for profit basis
- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!
Death Cafes have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. As of today, we have offered 3403 Death Cafes since September 2011. If 10 people came to each one that would be 34030 participants. We've established both that there are people who are keen to talk about death and that many are passionate enough to organise their own Death Cafe.
The Death Cafe model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz.