November 14: ABQ Death Cafe

Oct 15, 2015 | 2 comments

Lola, the ABQ Death Cafe mascot

Lola, the ABQ Death Cafe mascot

The next Albuquerque Death Cafe will take place on Saturday, November 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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.

As Gail Rubin always says, “Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, and talking about funerals and end-of-life won’t make you dead.” Come and joint the conversation!

A Good Goodbye