August 22: Albuquerque Death Cafe

Jul 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Lola, the ABQ Death Cafe mascot

Lola, the ABQ Death Cafe mascot

Mark your calendar for the next Albuquerque Death Cafe on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will take place at Gail Rubin’s home – RSVP through the Meetup Group or post a note in the comment section.  Click here to go to the Meetup page. The address will be provided to those who indicate they will attend.

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.

Albuquerque was the site of the second Death Cafe held in the United States. Gail Rubin, a Certified Thanatologist (a.k.a. a death educator) hosted this pioneering event in September of 2012. Click here for more information about Death Cafes.

Gail will be speaking at the TEDxABQ Main Event on Saturday, September 12, 2015 about her big idea for helping start end-of-life conversations.

A Good Goodbye