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Death Café – Food for Thought

  • Published date
    18/01/2018
  • Author
    North London Hospice
  • Category
    North London Hospice

We know it’s not easy to talk about death and dying. But we all need to do it before it’s too late. That’s why we’ve started the conversation and we want you to join in.

North London Hospice will be hosting a Death Café on Thursday 25 January at our Health and Wellbeing Centre in Winchmore Hill. This will be the fourth such event we’ve run here at the Hospice, each one incredibly well attended by members of the general public, patients, families, staff and volunteers. Some people had never been to the Hospice before.

So, what is a Death Café? It’s essentially afternoon tea with a difference. Come along and you’ll find delicious cakes, white china teacups and freshly brewed tea. The difference lies in the topics of conversation. While conversation over afternoon tea often centres on fairly trivial matters, at a Death Café you’ll find people who want to talk, share their feelings, about death, whether it’s their fears, concerns or even hopes and wishes for something that inevitability comes to us all.

It’s not just the existential questions that people want to discuss, people often want to talk about more practical considerations, such as the rising cost of funerals, how and when to start writing a will, what might happen to their dog if ‘something’ happens to them, and even what they would like to wear in their coffin. Sometimes people come to ‘rehearse’ conversations they might want to have with their nearest and dearest. Talking about these things with strangers can be easier the first time around.

Trudi Leighton, Associate Director of Outpatients and Therapies, said: “You don’t need to be coming to the end of your life to attend, nor do you need to know someone who is. These gatherings are full of people with little more in common than an interest in chatting about the topics that surround death. These may include end-of-life care, funeral options, experiences with loss and a whole host of other subjects we seldom talk about.

“We had 12 people attend our first Death Cafe. The feedback from those who attended was all positive and on the success of this we have made it a regular event every two months.”

The Death café will take place on Thursday 25 January from 2pm until 3.30pm at the North London Hospice Health and Wellbeing Centre, Barrowell Green, Winchmore Hill, N21 3AY.

Free parking is available on site or in surrounding residential roads. Public Transport: Bus Nos. 329 and 629 stop on Green Lanes. It is a 10-15 minute walk along Barrowell Green to the Hospice.

To book your spot contact Trudi on 0208 343 8841 or email winchmorehillevents@northlondonhosice.co.uk or just join us on the day.

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