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Re: “Down at the Death Cafe

I've attended 3 of these. I went to the first one with a friend who was dying of cancer. I didn't know what to expect, but I'm open to many things, and found that it was wonderful to listen to and share thoughts and feelings about this mysterious event that we all face, or have faced.

When my friend of 25 years recently died, I knew that the Death Cafe would be the perfect place to express my grief, and to share one of the many letters he wrote to me over those years. Sometimes those closest to us are at a loss when we're grieving.

Death is usually seen as a negative thing, except for those of us who wish it would hurry up, especially if we're dealing with a loss of function and independence, which makes living a daily struggle. Who wouldn't welcome the Angel of Death to embrace us?

I'm so glad I took the risk of doing something "positively negative". My friends understand that it's just part of my weirdness. I just offer it, with no expectations, except that many will say "No, that's not for me!"

Not many will volunteer to discuss the topic of death, although it has proven to be very popular throughout the world. The interesting thing is that it's faciliated by volunteers, some of whom are Hospice workers, and there is no fee, exept by donation. This is one event that hasn't been monetized, which is refreshing in itself.

Check out the Death Cafe, and treasure life even more.

Posted by Sandra Murphey on 01/17/2018 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Down at the Death Cafe

Thank you Shepherd, for this inspiring and informative article. Im a grief counselor and have been wanting to attend a Death Cafe for years. This particular event feels very much to me like psychospiritual and emotional food for the soul. What a beautiful way to share our hearts grief, joy and all that arises when facing deaths final frontiers.

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Posted by Starla Dean on 01/11/2018 at 2:57 PM

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