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A tale of two Death Cafes
Back in May as part of Dying Matters Week, we held a Death Cafe at St Joseph's, our 7th or maybe even 8th, which was well attended and looking at the feedback from the 50 plus people who came along, everyone enjoyed the experience.
For those who don't know what a Death Cafe is, in short it's an opportunity for people to come together and talk about death and dying over tea and cake. It isn't morbid, it's usually good fun and nothing is a taboo subject.
Among the participants was Funeral Celebrant, Ben Abdy-Collins. He wanted to experience a Death Cafe first hand as he plans to run them regularly himself.
As well as St Joseph's Hospice he went to a Death Cafe at Royal Trinity Hospice in South London and has written about his experience which he's shared with Hospice UK.
Ben said, "What I learned and my takeaways, are that I am excited to be working in my vocation and cannot wait to get my own Death Cafés up and running. There is so much people can benefit from the experience and from sharing with each other. It is going to be awesome! to help people overcome the fear of talking about death and dying."