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Death Cafe: Talking about death and dying over a cup of coffee

["St. John's will be hosting its inaugural Death Cafe at the Dynamis Health Centre on Torbay Road Thursday."]
["St. John's will be hosting its inaugural Death Cafe at the Dynamis Health Centre on Torbay Road Thursday."]

SHELBURNE - A death café is a place where people can gather and, well, talk about death.

Dan Dolan, from Roseway Hospital, will be hosting a Death Café on Oct. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Shelburne Café.

A death café helps to educate and help others become more familiar with the end of life. Held in a social setting, over food and drink, helps to alleviate some of the difficulties around the subject matter, he says.

There will be information directly related to death and dying available, with five guest speakers, including a palliative care nurse, a representative from the hospital, a funeral home, and a lawyer, as well as continuing care.

Conversations surrounding palliative care and what to expect when faced with death - including funerals, wills, and power of attorney - will be discussed.

“This is a novel way to keep the subject of dying informal and in a comfortable setting,” says Dolan.

“We try to make it as lighthearted as possible.”

He says the Death Café is aimed at the elderly who want to prepare in advance a plan for when they die, as well as for those who have an illness and are not sure where to turn.

Lockeport and Barrington will be considered as locations for future events.

 

Shelburne Cafe is located at 151 Water Street.

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