Certified grief recovery specialist Bertha Brannen is organizing a Death Café towards the end of June (date and time to be announced) at Sip Café on Main Street in Yarmouth.
Brannen has worked with community support groups for several years and says many people find coping with death a difficult process.
“I’ve already had people say, ‘Oh this is morbid, I don’t want to be part of this conversation,’ and then in the same discussion they say, ‘I could have used this four years ago.’
“You see the struggle there. They needed to talk about it only when it happened. They don’t want to talk about it now because it’s morbid but that also gives the impression that it’s never going to happen again.”
Brannen hopes to see a variety of people attend the Death Café. She says she’d like to have young people, middle-aged people, older ones and those from different backgrounds, so there’ll be an open discussion.
There are several rules associated with using the international concept. Those who attend must respect that there is no wrong or right opinion. Each person can have their own ideas/beliefs about death. The other rule is that you have to eat cake.
“That’s why it’s in a café,” laughed Brannen.
Mathieu Maltais, owner of Sip Café, has donated space for the event. Only a set number can participate because of limited space, but Brannen says she would like to have more than one meeting.
“We’re going to start with an evening session. Depending on how much interest there is, we’ll have as many as we need,” she said.
Want to attend? Email or call 902-740-2146.
More about Death Cafés
The Death Café model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz.
Death Cafés have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia.
As of today, 4,674 Death Cafés in 49 countries have been held since September 2011.
Learn more about the Death Café model by clicking here