Happy birthday for yesterday Death Cafe

Fran Hall

There’s a beautiful little video on Death Cafe’s website celebrating eight years since the first Death Cafe took place in London. Watch it here.

In the eight years since our friend Jon and his mum, Sue held the very first Death Cafe, more than 9,200 Death Cafes have been held, in 65 countries.

The principles of Death Cafe are simple and clear, and worth re-emphasising in every article or piece about this extraordinary social franchise – Death Cafes are always offered:

– On a not for profit basis
– In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
– With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
– Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!

Holding to these founding principles ensures that every Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes.

Many tens of thousands of people will have found their lives enriched by the opportunity to talk with – and listen to – other people talking about death at a Death Cafe. And, as a result, hopefully many, many people are making the most of their (finite) lives.

We are huge fans of the Death Cafe movement here at the GFG, and are proud to have signed up today with a pledge of support to help Jon’s sister Jools carry on the incredibly important work that is Jon’s legacy.

If any readers would like to do the same, you can become a patron of Death Cafe by pledging a monthly payment to help keep the movement going – and growing.

Sign up here.

Jon Underwood died suddenly on 27th June 2017 after collapsing on 25th June 2017 from acute promyelocytic leukaemia. His mother Sue Barsky Reid and sister Jools Barsky continue his work on Death Café as Jon requested.

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