At Death Cafés people come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious sweets & cake.
Based upon the work of Bernard Crettaz, the Death Café model was developed by Jon Underwood in England in 2010. Taking our inspiration from Lizzy Miles, the first person to offer Death Cafés in the US, we are a community-based organization made up of volunteers committed to regularly providing opportunities to support open conversation and share resources about death, dying and how to make the most out of life.
Interest in Death Cafés has spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. Since September 2011, there have been 14,200 Death Cafés in 81 countries worldwide, according to the DeathCafe.com site. If 10 people came to each one, that would be 142,000 participants!
At each of Ashland Death Café's in person events, we have had over 50 attendees with a wait list. Amazing!
Obviously, there are people who are keen to talk about death and we are proud to be among the many who are passionate enough to organize our own Death Café.
Death Cafés are always offered:
- On a not-for-profit basis
- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
- As a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!
We remain energized by the amazing quality of the conversation at our events and are heartened by the interest we have received.
Please join us!
Your Ashland Death Café Facilitators
Our goal is to serve our community.
All facilitators of Ashland Death Café are unpaid volunteers.
Although the event is free, we will ask for a suggested $10 donation at the door. This covers the rental cost of the venue, refreshments, printing costs, plus other costs incurred to manage our website.
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.