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Death Cafes

Death Cafes are informal gatherings designed to increase awareness of death, and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. They are friendly, non-judgemental gatherings where people, often strangers, will get together to discuss the end of life. These are informal discussion groups rather than grief support or counselling sessions.

In London, a "death cafe", hosted by Gentle Dusk's Mireille Hayden, gives people safe space to discuss the finality of death:

Gentle Dusk Death Cafes at Wellcome Collection

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wellcome Collection Death Cafes are cancelled until further notice

Dates: tbc
Time: 9.45am to 11.30am
Venue: Wellcome Collection
, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

To book your place, please email:

We are very excited to be working with Wellcome Collection to run a series of Death Cafes between July 2019 and September 2020. Come and talk freely and openly about death and dying in an adult, group directed discussion with no agenda, objective or theme.

Tea and coffee will be provided and cakes will be available for purchase.
This death cafe is a private group conversation where no photography, filming or audio recordings are permitted.
Spaces at the cafe are limited so please book a place.

Death Cafes, Islington

Date: tbc
Venue: Almeida Theatre Cafe, Almeida Street, Islington, N1 1TA

To book your place, please email:

Many of us don't have the opportunity to talk openly about death with others yet there may be many things we would like to think about and discuss. A death cafe provides the space to do just that.

We keep our groups small so it is easy to share stories, thoughts or worries, or simply just listen.

Pat, who has previously attended one of our Death Cafes says:

"It is a great opportunity to talk about a subject that preoccupies us all. Give it a go, you might be pleasantly surprised."

Events with Memorial Woodlands, Bristol

Gentle Dusk is being commissioned by Memorial Woodlands to deliver a number of training events on talking about and planning for end of life care, workshops on loss, grief and bereavement, Death Cafes and a series of lectures on end of life topics with experts in the field.

These events are provided free of charge for the local palliative and end of life care workforce.

For up to date information, dates and booking information please visit Memorial Woodlands website.

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