A good cup of coffee can turn a day around, but can it take the sting out of death itself?
The people behind the Death Café certainly think so and are offering folks the chance to find out this Saturday, Jan. 13, when the café opens its doors from 1 to 3 pm at the Newport 60+ Activity Center, 20 SE 2nd Street.
John Underwood and Sue Brisby Reid started the first Death Café in London in 2010 as a way of breaking the Western taboo surrounding discussion of death. The pair though that people could speak freely if discussions were held in a social environment with tea or coffee and a sweet treat and with no pre-set agenda.
The Death Café isn’t designed for end-of-life preparation (although resources will be available); and it’s not a grief or bereavement support group.
The format is flexible and straightforward without expectations — simply a group-led discussion. The subject of death covers a wide range. from people’s spiritual and philosophical views, to fears or preparation. Guests are free to speak or simply listen.
Death Café is open to anyone aged 18 or older.
For more information, call 541-265-9617.