Death Cafes

In The Company Of Death: Coming To Terms With Grief And Loss

Dr Laura-Jane Smith | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Laura-Jane Smith

This is something no-one wants to hear, but it is true for you as much as it is for the critically ill patients I treat each day in hospital. Many of them are much closer to the end than you are, however, life is unpredictable, chaotic and sometimes cruel. Few of us will die at the time of our choosing.

Life, The Universe And Everything: Five Things I Learnt At A Death Cafe

Jessica Hanson | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

I was open minded, but couldn't help but feel that the whole experience would be incredibly awkward. Thankfully, Aly and her co-host, Gina Awad of Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, made it relaxed, friendly and thought-provoking. Here are just a few things I learnt in my two hours discussing all things death, dying and bereavement.

Is it Possible to Get a Healthier View of Death?

Tony Lobl | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Have you popped into your local, neighbourhood Death Café recently? No, it's not a new franchise with baristas offering to add a dash of arsenic to your daily caffeine spike. Nor is it a high street variation on Dignitas where you can enjoy an espresso with your euthanasia.

Why Thinking About Death May Prompt You to Save the Planet

Jon Underwood | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Underwood

We invite strangers to meet in a friendly place and discuss death over tea and cake. We're not trying to lead people anywhere - we think the good stuff is where people are at already. We just create a safe space and, for a couple of hours, death ceases to be a taboo.

Is Fear of Death Killing Compassion for Older People?

Jon Underwood | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics
Jon Underwood

The theory is that someone who is more OK about death would be better at looking after a dying person than someone that who is very scared. This makes sense, but the interesting thing is the amount of evidence for this.