Death Cafe's

Posted on March 21st, 2013

Death Cafe, a growing movement that started in Europe, brings adults together to discuss death, dying and anything relating to them over coffee. The goal is to raise death awareness with the view of helping people make the most of their lives. Nothing about death is too taboo for discussion. Wondering if cremation is better than burial? Ask. Struggling with an illness? Share your experiences. Even theological discussions are okay.

The people who attend 'death cafes' aren't obsessed with dying, they just want to meet up and talk about something which, let's face it, will happen to us all. We want to create an environment where talking about death is natural and comfortable. When people talk about death and dying, all their pretenses disappear. You see people's authenticity and honesty among strangers. It might sound really weird and wonderful to say you attend a death café, but it can feel very normal. Join me Sunday, April 28th at Bijous Café 132 SW 3rd Ave. at Pine Street, Portland, Oregon from 4-5:30 pm. Please arrive at 3:45pm. There is metered parking on the street.

I've found that facing the fact that we all die enhances my living in the moment, adding appreciation to the little things. I find myself not sweating over all the small stuff, since that's all there is anyway, and it is easier for me to let go of petty resentments and focus on the positive. Death gives us perspective and deepens us in ways that nothing else can.

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