Death Café

Death café is a worldwide movement started in 2012 that has the purpose of raising the awareness of death and dying in a café style environment.

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.

Held In an accessible, respectful and confidential space alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake, the Death Café has no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action other than to raise awareness and provide a relaxed environment for exploring what will ultimately happen to us all.

Following a successful trial for staff, Footprints hosted  it’s first Death Café in May to promote and celebrate Palliative Care week. In the unique café environment at the Proe street site, clients and staff gathered to share thoughts, feelings and opinions on many different aspects of death and dying. Some shared personal reflections, others what music they would like to have played at their funeral. There was lots of laughter as well as a few tears. On the whole it was a very enjoyable afternoon which clients and staff alike requested become a regular feature in the Footprints calendar.

The café was extremely easy to facilitate. Quotes and suggestions were left on each table to give people suggestions. Things like organ donation, cremation versus burial and what is on your bucket list?  are just a few of the topics discussed as well as a few personal reflections.

There is a big emphasis on people completing advance health directives. However end of life planning is something that the majority of people still put to the back of their ‘’to do list’’ unless they are forced to think about it. The Death Café is a great way to encourage people to start considering what is important for them, and a gentle reminder to live in the moment. One of the quotes used to get people thinking was by Robert Alton Harris: “You can be a King or a street sweeper, but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper”. Precisely. 

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