Death Cafe Returns to Albuquerque for Third Time

May 12, 2013 | 0 comments

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The Death Café returns to Albuquerque!

The third Death Café in Albuquerque will be held Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 the Center for Holistic Health, 9412 Indian School Road NE (just east of Moon).

At this free event, people come together in a relaxed, confidential and safe setting to discuss mortality, drink tea and eat delicious cake or cookies. The objective of Death Café is “To increase awareness of death with a view toward helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”

The Death Café concept started in England, where “stiff-upper-lip” Brits have an especially hard time talking about death. Founder Jon Underwood modeled it on the café mortel created by Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz. Underwood held his first Death Café event September 2011 in London. Hospice volunteer and thanatologist Lizzy Miles coordinated the first U.S. Death Café held in Columbus, Ohio July 2012.

The first Death Café west of the Mississippi was held in Albuquerque on September 30, 2012. News stories about Death Cafés have appeared in USA Today, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Independent (UK), The Columbus Dispatch and other media outlets.

The Albuquerque Death Café is organized by Gail Rubin, author of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. The Doyenne of Death® is a death educator who uses funny films to help start serious funeral planning conversations. She’s also a Certified Funeral Celebrant and author of The Family Plot Blog.

Licensed Independent Social Worker Mindi Horwitch, who specializes in helping start conversations about advance directives, will help facilitate the conversations.

For more information visit and the ABQ Death Café event page.

How to Register: To participate, email a note to with your name, phone, city, state and how you heard about the event.

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