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Death Cafe

  • Lovecrumbs 155 W Port Edinburgh, EH3 9DP United Kingdom (map)

Come along to just Festival's Edinburgh Death Cafe.  At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.   A Death Cafe is a discussion group about death rather than a grief support or counselling session. 

Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'

We would like the attendees to provide the questions, topics, and issues to be discussed.  So please visit to tell us what you would like to chat about.

Edinburgh Death Cafe created in partnership by just Festival and Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief

The Death Cafe model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz

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.

Earlier Event: June 26
Death Cafe