Death served with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake

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The Tantramar Hospice Palliative Care Organization (THPCO) is sponsoring a death café at the Black Duck Inn on Bridge Street on Wednesday, March 12, from 7-9 p.m.

Death cafes were started more than 10 years ago, the brainchild of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz.

The idea is quite simple.

People come together for coffee, cake, and conversation about death for an hour and a half to two hours.

We live in a death-denying society. Death is the last great taboo. Why? Let’s talk about that. Talking about death won’t kill you. If you would like to talk openly about, for example, near-death experiences, life after death, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, what a “good death” might look like, or some other death-related topic in a safe and respectful space, email Stephen Claxton-Oldfield ( to register by Friday, March 7.

There is no fee for the death café but space is limited. Refreshments and treats will be available for purchase.

As Claxton-Oldfield, chair of the THPCO says, “It’s time to bring death out of the closet.”

He and others will be on hand to facilitate discussions. The death café is not a bereavement/grief support resource.

The goal of the death café is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.

The THPCO is a non-profit, charitable organization, which advocates for and supports the provision of hospice palliative care services and resources in Sackville and the Tantramar region.

For more information about THPCO, please visit

Organizations: Tantramar Hospice Palliative Care Organization, Black Duck Inn

Geographic location: Bridge Street, Sackville, Tantramar

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