Come and join us for a dead good chat at our first death café this Saturday (2nd June).
At a death café, people are encouraged to have open conversations about death and dying, eat cake and drink tea in a supportive environment.
We are holding a death café as an opportunity for members of the public to have more open conversations about death. We recognise that it’s not always easy to talk about death but it is something that will happen to all of us.
Death cafés are a growing movement to help people of all ages and backgrounds to better understand death.
Davina Radford, Chaplain at the Hospice, said:
“Even at St Oswald’s, talking about death and dying isn’t always easy and we know conversations about death can be difficult. Death cafes happen all around the world so we are really looking forward to inviting our local communities in to St Oswald’s to support them in their conversations about death.
“The café is an opportunity to talk to others, have conversations about your wishes and hear the experiences of others. It is certainly not a grief or a bereavement session, it’s quite the opposite. Others have spoken of a death café being an uplifting experience, getting them to think about life and all the things they have achieved and what they want to do before they die.
“From my experiences it often makes decisions easier if conversations about death have been had and people have made their wishes known, some people even feel relief to have talked about things. Death has become a taboo topic but it is something that will happen to all of us. I’d recommend the death café to anyone - pop along for a couple of hours, have a cuppa and some cake and chat to other people in your community.”
The death café will be held on Saturday 2nd June, 10am-12noon at St Oswald’s Hospice, Regent Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 1EE. Free parking is available and refreshments will be provided.
For more information, and to book your place at the death café please contact Davina Radford on 0191 285 0063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that places are limited so booking early is advised.