At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat, drink, and discuss death. At these gatherings, now happening around the world, people meet to share refreshments and discuss death in an informal way. The 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, not a grief support or counseling session. There is no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. The sole purpose is to explore a topic that, while certainly inevitable, is often avoided, side- stepped, whispered about, joked about, considered too painful or uncomfortable to discuss, or simply ignored.
One of the main functions of the Cleveland Memorial Society is that of helping people make concrete steps to ensuring a well-organized end of life process. And we find ourselves wondering: How can one be organized and prepared if one never discusses the topic?