Evanston's First Death Cafe
Jul 02, 2013 by Victoria Noe, in bereavement , Chicago , death , Death Café , Evanston , Friend Grief , Grief , grieving
Last fall, I co-hosted the first Death Café in Chicago.
A Death Café is an informal, non-therapeutic opportunity for people to come together and discuss topics surrounding death and grief. The objective of this movement is "To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives".
Begun in Switzerland, it spread to the UK and the US. Since 2011, over 1,000 people of all ages have attended a Death Café.
Our next Death Café will be held Monday, July 15 at Curt’s Café in Evanston, Illinois. It’s open to anyone with questions about death and grief, because no one has all the answers.
A Death Café offers you the opportunity to explore topics like:
•What do you consider a “good” death?
•What’s on your “before I die” list?
•How do you open a discussion about final wishes with your family?
•Whose death affected you the most and why?
•How do you convince others to respect your grief?
•Does faith help or complicate your attitude towards death?
•What would you like your legacy to be?
•Can you plan a fun funeral?
As you can see, there’s a lot to talk about – and these are only stepping stones to conversation. It’s not group therapy, but if you feel you would benefit from that, we can point you in the right direction. No one’s there to judge you or criticize you. We’re all in the same boat: just looking for answers.
It’s a relaxed, informal evening for you to enjoy tea, coffee and yummy desserts with a group of people who have questions they’d like to explore.
So, join us on July 15. Maybe we can find some answers to your questions. Chocolate helps.
Click herefor more information about the Death Café movement.
Click hereto register for Evanston’s first Death Café.