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CEN’s Conscious Living, Aging & Dying (CLAD) Team is hosting a monthly Death Café
3rd Monday of each month       9 -11 am PDT      Noon - 2 pm EDT.

Our next Death Cafe will be September 17th  

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What is a Death Café?

Developed in England by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, a Death Café is a place where people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea, and talk about death. The objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. 

“Both living and dying take great courage and compassion. Our fear of death can be especially intense and perhaps cloud our ability to fully live.  

In Japanese Zen, the term shoji translates as “birth-death.” There is no separation between life and death other than a small hyphen - a thin line that connects the two. We cannot be truly alive without maintaining an awareness of death.  Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight. She helps us to discover what matters most. And the good news is we don’t have to wait until the end of our lives to realize the wisdom that death has to offer.

How can we find the great compassion and great courage to explore life and death fully?  What can we do to free the heart from fear and dread?” 

--Frank Ostaseski, author of The Five Invitations Discovering:
What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Death Cafés are always offered: 

  • On a not-for-profit basis. 
  • In an accessible and respectful space,
  • With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action, 
  • Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake! 

CEN member Barbara Sarah facilitates CLAD’s well-received on-line Death Cafés. Barbara is a longtime community activist, counselor, social worker, teacher, and mentor who has now done over 60 Death Café gatherings across the country. Our previous online Death Cafe’s have included participants from AZ, NY, CA, WI, CT, FL, NH, AK, ID, MA, ME, DC, PA, OR, Nova Scotia the UK, who engage in lively, moving, informative conversations.

We invite you to bring your cup of tea and join us by Zoom video conferencing for one of the very few online Death Café opportunities! 

In the meantime…

... you might want to take a look at some of the following prior to participating on a call.

A Meaningful Life: Barbara Sarah, Woman of Many Accomplishments  by Lynn Woods

Steve Jobs speaks about death (4 mins)

Dying to Talk BBC Documentary (49 mins)

Resources from our past Death Cafes

Joining Our Death Cafe Conversations

Death Cafés are on the 3rd Monday of the month from 9 - 11 am PST       Noon - 2 pm EST.

We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer, or regular telephone. If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be unable to help with connection issues.

Link here for instruction and access to Zoom video conferencing.