Final Fling’s Death Cafe and Death Meet-ups

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Final Fling’s Death Cafe and Death Meet-ups provide a warm, friendly, safe space to explore thoughts and experiences of life and death.

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We ran the first Death Cafe in Scotland in 2013 to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week and ran them for several years each quarter.

We’ve broadened the events out and call them Death Meet-ups

We talk about how our views of death affect how we live our life, and how our experiences of life impact on our attitudes to death. Sometimes they are organised as sessions to co-design bright new ideas of how experiences of death, dying and funerals can be improved; sometimes they are topic based – like memory and loss or funerals; sometimes we have experts on hand to cover specific issues; sometimes they are like a traditional Death Cafe and just an open chat session with no agenda over a cuppa and cake.

They are always friendly, informal sessions.

Attendees’ experience ranges widely. Some may have experienced a traumatic loss, others may have little or no experience of death. Some may be living with a life limiting conditions themselves. It doesn’t matter. Everyone is free to share or not, ask questions, tell their story, hear others’ views, listen and learn.

Final Fling’s Death Meet-ups are always free to attend but we always ask you to BOOK A FREE PLACE in advance – usually using Eventbrite.

What participants say about Final Fling’s Death Cafe and Death Meet-ups
“Friendly… sharing… stimulating… accepting… enjoyable… thought-provoking… (most) interesting… necessary… reflective… validating… comforting… funny… positive … joyful… moving… warm… inspirational… sad… open… knowledgeable… frank… supportive”

“It’s broken the taboo!”

“A chance to share thoughts on life and death in a safe environment”

“Glad I went”

“A great way to talk to others about things that matter to them in their final phase of life”

“A good way to try talking about (or just listening to) the subject of death in non-judgmental company”

“A prompt to act on these matters before it’s too late. Since the Death Cafe I’ve arranged a review of my Will, Power of Attorney, looked at my finances and assets and considered what I would like to happen to my ashes!”

 

 

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