The next Albuquerque Death Cafe will be held Tuesday, October 11 at the Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE (just off San Mateo Blvd. north of Comanche), Albuquerque. This event will include a preview of events for the upcoming Before I Die ABQ Festival, October 20-25, 2017.
Two other Albuquerque Death Cafes will be held during the Before I Die ABQ Festival. They will be held on Monday, October 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Express your interest here.
Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and donations are welcome. Send a note to Gail [at] AGoodGoodbye.com to RSVP and get directions.
Join the Albuquerque Death Cafe Meetup group to be kept apprised of upcoming events. Click here to go to the Meetup page.
The objective of the Death Cafe is “To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” It’s all about an interesting, unstructured conversation – open and free-flowing with no specific agenda.
The Death Cafe concept was started in the United Kingdom by Jon Underwood. He was influenced by the ideas of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz, who started holding Cafe Mortel events in France and Switzerland. At these events, people come together in a relaxed, confidential and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea (or your favorite beverage) and eat delicious cake or cookies.
Sadly, Jon Underwood, founder of the Death Cafe movement which has grown to 51 countries worldwide, died suddenly at the age of 44 from a brain hemorrhage caused by undiagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. The news was reported by his family on the Death Cafe website.
Jon’s mother Sue Barsky Reid and Jon’s sister Jools Barsky plan to continue his Death Cafe work, as Jon requested. More than 4,800 Death Cafe events have been held worldwide since Jon Underwood’s first gathering. For information on how to hold a Death Cafe in your community, review the information at www.DeathCafe.com.
Albuquerque was the site of the second Death Cafe held in the United States. Gail Rubin hosted this pioneering event in September of 2012.
Gail Rubin interviewed Jon Underwood, founder of the Death Cafe, and Lizzy Miles, who held the first Death Cafe in the U.S. in Columbus, Ohio. Listen to the podcast of this hour-long A Good Goodbye Internet radio program.
Gail and Lizzy also discussed the Death Cafe movement in this 21-minute podcast on FuneralRadio.com.
To get you better acquainted with the Death Cafe concept, visit DeathCafe.com or read a few of these articles below:
ICCFA Magazine article by Gail Rubin, the trade publication for the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association: “Death Cafes: Sharing some coffee, some cake, and lots of talk about death and dying” Download the PDF!
Here’s an interview with Gail Rubin by Dr. Heidi Horsley with the Open to Hope Foundation.
The New York Times The New Old Age Blog: Death Be Not Decaffeinated
MSN.com: Death Cafe events: tackling a taboo topic over tea (featuring the Albuquerque Death Cafe!)
The Guardian (U.K. newspaper): Anyone for tea and sympathy? Death Cafes embrace last taboo
The Boston Globe: Talk about death, hold the sugar
National Public Radio, NPR.org: Death Cafes Breathe Life Into Conversations About Dying
The Independent (U.K. newspaper): The death cafe movement: Tea and mortality
The Vancouver Courier (Vancouver, BC): Death Cafes bring grave matters to life
The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio): Facing death, over tea and cake
Philly Voice (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): Philadelphia ‘death cafes’ argue it’s time to bring death out of the closet
Los Angeles Times/Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot: Death Cafe knocks, gently, on heaven’s door