Following the success of the two death cafes we held during Dying Matters Awareness Week in May, we’re making them a monthly event.
The first one will be held on Tuesday (16 July) in the restaurant at Queen’s Hospital from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Anyone is welcome to come along.
Deaths Cafes are an open forum for people to discuss death while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake. They aim to help people become more comfortable talking about dying.
They will be run by Gemma Norburn (pictured) from our Mortuary team, who has been running them for a year and is delighted they will become a regular occurrence at our hospitals.
She said: “I’m really excited to be holding them regularly at our hospitals, having been holding them in the community for over a year. The ones we held during Dying Matters week were really popular, so I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people; local residents, patients, visitors and colleagues; and having a lively discussion.
“It’s important that people aren’t afraid to discuss death with their loved ones, it could be the difference between them knowing your last wishes or struggling to know what you’d want, and that’s why I’m passionate about getting people talking about it.”
The next death café will be held in the Cedar centre at King George Hospital on Tuesday 13 August from 11.30am to 12.30pm. This will be followed by another at Queen’s Hospital on Monday 2 September at 4.30pm.
Find out more about Death Cafes online https://deathcafe.com/.