Death Café (deathcafe.com) is part of an international movement that was started in 2011.
There are now over 500 registered cafes in 31 countries. The movement is part of a growing openness and shifting attitudes to the end of life, reflected in the emergence of death doulas, funeral celebrants, alternatives to conventional ceremonies, online forums and debates about end-of-life care, etc.
As the founder saw it, “Western society has long outsourced discussions about death to doctors, nurses, priests and undertakers. The result is that we have lost control of one of the most significant events we ever have to face.”
Rosalyn Cormier, who co-facilitated the Death Cafes at Kalein last spring, will be returning for the fall series. She is a local counsellor and funeral celebrant who has been exploring multicultural approaches to being with death, grief and loss.
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