Death Cafes

Explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences about
death and dying with members of your community.

What is a Death Cafe?

A respectful conversation in an informal, agenda-free setting with lots of laughter, tea, and cake! Sometimes as few as 5 people or as many as 25 divided into groups.

Why should you attend one?

Talking about death can make you more able to make thoughtful, empowered decisions regarding life, death, and the dying process. When you are comfortable with these topics, you are better able to live life more fully and to make better decisions in moments of crisis.

What do we discuss?

Each cafe brings unique perspectives as there is no set agenda. Conversations evolve from the participants so no two Death Cafes are the same. Topics range from…

Who is it for?

While there is no age limit, participants generally range in age from 22 to 82 and are from all walks of life.

Where are they held?

The Loudoun County Public Library System

The library has been generous in offering space and a stipend so that these important conversations can continue in Loudoun on an ongoing basis.

How did it start?

Started in Europe, Death Cafes came to America in 2012 via Lizzie Miles, a hospice social worker from Columbus Ohio.  Since 2010, over 10,000 Death Cafes have been held in over 69 countries. Personally, I have had the great honor of facilitating Death Cafes since January 2019.

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