‘Real’ Death Café in London

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The following text is taken from Death Café press releases

‘Real’ Death Café to bring death to the community

London is to get its very first ‘real’ Death Café - a coffee shop and events venue established specifically to explore one of life’s most awkward subjects - its end. As well as an open café space, Death Café London will feature arts, events, meetings and training exploring death, dying and related topics.

The objective of Death Café is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.’ Death Café’s allow people to talk about death with no agendas, objectives or guest speakers.

Death Café was started in the United Kingdom by Jon Underwood in September 2011, influenced by the ideas of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz. Since then, over 2000 Death Cafés have been held in over 30 countries. Death Café has attracted global attention, with coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC and many more.

Until now, Death Cafés have operated as pop up events in homes or venues. The permanent Death Café will run as a non-profit Community Benefit Society owned and managed by those who support it. It will be funded by a community share offer, going live in October 2015, with shares priced at £50 each.

“I’m certain that Death Café London will be both beneficial for society and a chance for learning and discussion,” Underwood explains. “The time is right to offer a place where people can come to engage with death. More and more people are expressing support and getting involved. Death Café London is committed to enabling all people – especially individuals with marginalized identities – to safely buy shares in, work at, use and shape the venture.”

In February 2015, a vote was held on the Death Café website to decide whether a ‘real’ Death Café should open in London. 91% voted in favour, and the project was launched. “Death Café London will only exist if lots of people really want it to,” says Underwood.

For more information, please contact:
Louise de Winter
+44 7506 315591

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