Death Cafe

What is Death Café?

At a Death Cafe people (often strangers) gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

The objective of the Death Café movement is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.

The Death Cafe model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid and was based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz. There are now some 6903 Death Cafes in 57 countries across the world and like others, Death Café Carlisle is offered on a not for profit basis. The only purchase you will have to make is a drink for you to have during our discussion though you may also decide to accompany your drink with a cake or biscuit too!

Death Café Carlisle is held monthly at ‘Cakes and Ale’ in Carlisle which I believe offers an accessible, respectful and confidential space. In hosting a Death Café, it is not my intention to lead people to any conclusion, product or course of action.

If you’re interested in joining me at Death Café, please contact me directly.

More information can be found on, on Facebook at on Twitter, @deathcafe.