A death cafe is a coming together of people within the community to talk about death.
It’s not a support or counselling session, but rather a not for profit, warm friendly environment for people to discuss whatever they like around the topic of death.
The idea is to increase awareness, helping people to make the most of their lives.
A world-wide network, death cafes allow communities to come together to discuss what can often be a difficult subject.
“Death cafes are in many communities with groups already active and popular in both Wanaka and Queenstown.
We are looking forward to bringing a death cafe to Cromwell and welcome all those interested in joining us.
The meetings have no agenda with topics determined by the attendees” explains organiser Leigh-Anne Fox
Founded by Jon Underwood in 2011 and based on work by Bernard Crettaz, death cafes have become a comforting space for people to open up around the secrecy of death and talk about the subject freely.
Leigh-Anne, along with co-organiser Glennys Logan say “The initiative to bring the cafe to Cromwell is to allow our own community to have discussions around the subject of death and dying.”
“I have attended death cafes in Wanaka and found the experience to be very thought provoking and interesting.
Talking about death is a great way to spend time and having the opportunity to host our own cafe in Cromwell and increase awareness around the subject is something both Leigh-Anne and I are looking forward to being involved in” Glennys adds.
An opportunity to reflect, share, discuss and contemplate and like life, a death cafe has a start, middle and end.