Since the first Death Cafe in the U.S. in Columbus, Ohio, Death Cafes have popped up across the country in several cities in Arizona, California, Illinois, Maine and Michigan. Facilitators are currently planning Death Cafes in New Jersey, New York City, Los Angeles and Atlanta for this Spring.
In April, I will be presenting the Death Cafe concept at the annual conference for the Association for Death Education and Counseling in Hollywood, CA (ADEC.org). I hope to support and teach other death educators how to host their own Death Cafe events.
Internationally, since the U.S. had its first Death Cafe, there have been many, many more Death Cafes hosted in the United Kingdom, but also new Death Cafes hosted in Canada, Australia and Portugal. Facilitators are planning the first one in Italy.
Would the Death Cafe have happened in the U.S. without the Kickstarter campaign? Maybe eventually. But certainly the support from the Kickstarters is what encouraged me to get going.
Many thanks to all who are encouraging our efforts to get people talking about death, so that we all may appreciate how precious life really is.
Media Coverage of The Death Cafe (thus far)
U.S. Death Cafes:
Huffington Post, February 2013: Death Cafes Grow As Places To Discuss, Learn About End Of Life
WOSU (radio), February 2013, Columbus “Death Cafe” Concept Spreads Across U.S.
Tea Magazine, December 2012: Death Cafes: Tea, Cake and Understanding
Tea Magazine, December 2012, Tea and Sympathy
WKSU (radio), August 2012, Death Café offers place to discuss, grieve
NBC4i, July 2012, Westerville home to the first Death Cafe in the USA
The Columbus Dispatch, July 2012, Facing Death Over Tea and Cake
Canadian Death Cafes:
The Times Colonist, December 2012: Mortality on the Menu
European Death Cafes:
Financial Times Deutschland, September, 2012: Nice Time Talking about Death
The Independent, August 2012: The Death Cafe Movement: Tea and Mortality
Huffington Post, July 2012, Why Thinking about Death May Prompt You to Save the Planet
Mentions of the Death Cafe Concept:
The Independent, January 2013, The Week in Radio: A grief encounter that's not all doom and gloom
Slate Magazine, October 2012, Halloween needs more Death
New York Times, October, 2012, The Dead Have Something to Tell You
614 Magazine, September 2012, We All Kick In