Death Café Affirms Life & Serves Cookies

If we told you that the JCCSF's first death café had a waiting list, would you think we were crazy or morbid or both? But it's true: the café, part of last fall's Embracing the Journey: End of Life Resource Fair was so popular that we had to turn people away. This year, we've scheduled two cafés – one in the summer and the other for this fall's End of Life Resource Fair, which aims to help people feel more comfortable with end-of-life issues.

The idea of the café is to get people talking openly about death. Death cafés are places to address big questions such as, "How do our views of death inform the way we live?" Taking on that last big taboo helps us come to a place where we're ready to make the most of our lives.

Death cafés – which are gaining in popularity throughout the world – are often held in cafés, or people's living rooms. They are free, and they advance no religious or commercial agenda. A death café is not a grief support group, nor is it an end-of-life planning session. A facilitator gets the discussion rolling.

Facilitator Diane Wilson, LMFT, explains about last year's café. "I posed the question, 'What about death scares you most?' Many people spoke of the fear of dying before they'd really lived. And you know what really struck me? That death serves to heighten life. Thinking and talking about death is really, on a deep level, talking about life."

Join us for our second annual Embracing the Journey: End of Life Resource Fair on Sunday, November 13. It's free!

You can also watch videos of last year's event.