INTERNATIONAL DEATH CAFE MOVEMENT
The seeds for the idea of death cafe were sown by Bernard Crettaz of Switzerland in the early 2000's and Jonathon Underwood of London, England led the current international movement until his sudden death in 2017. Death Cafes have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. Currently, there have been 6914 Death Cafes in 58 countries.
WHAT DEATH CAFE IS
A death cafe is an open forum where people who are interested in the many topics associated with death and dying can come together to discuss subjects of their choice, fears around dying, an stories they may want to share with others. It is an event, usually two hours in duration, that is inclusive of all religions and ideologies. There is no intent of leading participants to any particular conclusion, product, or course of action and these events are held in an open, respectful, and confidential space. All views are welcome and honored. Death cafes are faciliated by one or more facilitators and topics of discussion are determined by participants. Death Cafes are always free.
WHAT A DEATH CAFE IS NOT
A death cafe is not a bereavement or grief support group. It is also not a forum for telling long stories of live events or a platform for promoting any particular philosophy or selling products.