Last Sunday evening the Rogue Buddha Gallery played host to it’s first ever Death Cafe. The evening was organized and run by Christin Ament. We had no idea what to expect by way of turn out or caliber of discussion. In fact, the evening is fairly unstructured by design and therefor anything can go. As it turned out, we had a great group of about 24 people from every walk of life. While some people knew each other, the vast majority of us were meeting each other for the very first time. And what better way to get to know someone than to talk openly in front of everyone about your most inner and private feelings towards death? The motivations behind why we all attended were as varied as the people who attended. As the group was rather large for serious discussion, we broke into three subgroups. While the event was planned for one hour, time literally flew by and we ended up wrapping up 2 hours later and a number of people adjourned next door to the NE Social to continue the discussion. I can’t say enough good things about this event or the concept of the Death Cafe in general. This was all new to me and I can’t thank Christin enough for bringing this event and concept to the gallery and allowing me an opportunity to help her share this truly unique and evocative experience. We will be hosting more of these events in the very near future and I hope you can join us as we continue to explore all things related to death and subsequently, living.
More about Death Café… A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. They have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. As of today, 6223 Death Cafes have been offered in 56 countries since September 2011.
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death.
The objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.
It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. The flow is organic with no objective beyond discussion.