“Talking About Death Is Hard, but Some Groups Embrace It” – AARP

“Amid COVID-19 losses, death cafés provide supportive settings for discussions about mortality”

death cafe

by Robin L. Flanigan

“Death has never been easy to talk about in our culture, but COVID-19 has thrust the taboo subject into the spotlight.

“And some groups, called death cafés, are making it less fraught to discuss topics around dying, including fears, spirituality and ethics. With more than 400,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus, mortality is something that is on many people’s minds — whether they’re having a direct experience with it or not.

“With tea and cake or other treats, death cafés — in 73 countries and now mostly virtual — are open to anyone interested in delving into the issue of mortality. With no agendas, only unstructured conversation, their objective is to increase awareness of death in a supportive way while helping people make the most of their lives.”

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The Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area of the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources has been hosting local Death Cafes for the past five years. Due to COVID-19, our Death Cafes have been held virtually via ZOOM for the past year.

The next Death Cafe is tonight — you can still register to come to tonight’s Death Cafe held in collaboration with the Exeter Community Library:

You are invited to a Zoom Death Cafe.
When: Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMld-CpqDguE91tCwdVKhnLQ5_bCMTyUjJl

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Then in March, there’s another one that’s being held in collaboration with Lebanon County’s Age Wave Initiative’s Advance Care Planning Coalition. 

You are invited to a Zoom Death Cafe.
When: Mar 15, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqc-ytqDooGtDOCNiObvO8EXSN_V0rqno1

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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