Death Cafe Series

Mixed Greens Hosts Death Cafe

Death. It’s a taboo topic that most people tend to avoid speaking of. But for as long as the sun shines and the seasons change, death will be an inescapable fate for all the living. The concept of death is hard to acknowledge, let alone grasp. And the topic of death is hard to speak about.

But Jon Underwood and Sue Reid of Britain have started a “social franchise” in an attempt to bring death into open conversation. Jon and Sue began the international Death Café movement in September of 2011. Since then, there have been 4,790 death café events in 50 countries. Despite the complexity of the topic: the concept is simple. People, usually strangers, gather over cake and tea to talk about death.

To join in on the international movement, Mixed Greens has been hosting a series of Death Cafes here in Savannah at Coffee Deli on Habersham. The first two events took place in the months of May and June.  A third death café is scheduled for Thursday, July 27th – followed by a Hospice benefit concert on November 2nd at Rahn Hall. Mixed Greens brings no agenda to the death café – only vegan cupcakes and cake.

The reasons for coming are endless. There are those who are simply just curious. There are many who have experienced the death of a loved one. There are some who they themselves have had near death experiences. And there are also those who, by the very nature of their health care job, deal with death quite often. For the last death café, we had a little over 20 people participate.

 

To complement the Death Café series, Hospice will host an Advance Directives workshop on June 29th, Thursday, at 6:00pm at the Demere Center for Living (6000 Business Center Drive – just off Chatham Parkway).

We hope to see more Death Cafes take place in Savannah – and ultimately, across the world. We all have sweet, finite lives. It’s time to talk about it.

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