At Death Cafes people come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. A light-hearted natter taking the darkness out of death, whether you believe in an afterlife or not.
Just Festival has been running popular monthly death cafés in Edinburgh for several months now, filling the Bohemian café Love Crumbs with the sound of strangers talking (and even laughing) about death.
Joining in the spirit of To Absent Friends, this November, we will replace our usual death café with a Café of Reminiscence.
Do you have a story to tell of someone you loved who is dead? A grandparent who had a fascinating life? A friend with a unique sense of humour?
Come along, drink tea, eat cake, meet some new people, and share your stories - let's celebrate how special dead ordinary people can be. If you like, bring something that reminds you of a dead loved one - a ring, a book, a photo - to help get the stories started.
6pm - 7pm Thursday 6 November, Lovecrumbs ,155 W Port
Edinburgh, EH3 9DP
As part of To Absent Friends Festival 1 - 7 November 2014
To Absent Friends is a people's festival of storytelling and remembrance.
Unlike most festivals, events that take place as part of To Absent Friends are not bound by a particular time or venue. To Absent Friends will happen across Scotland - in public spaces, over social media, among friends, families and communities, and in people's minds and hearts. Find out more at www.toabsentfriends.org.uk
Our Death Cafes are always offered:
- On a not for profit basis
- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!
Death Cafe is now an established 'social franchise' that has spread quickly across the globe. To date we have offered around 472 Death Cafes to over 3,000 participants in Europe, North America and Australasia. Death Cafe has no staff and is run on a purely voluntary basis by Jon Underwood in Hackney, East London.
We remain energised by the amazing quality of the dialogue at our events, the people we connect with and the interest we have received.
People often ask why we doing this. Everyone has their own reasons for getting involved in Death Cafe. In the video below, Death Cafe Portland organiser Kate Brassington gives hers.