Strangers invited to enjoy tea, coffee and death at death cafe
Strangers are being invited to enjoy tea, coffee and a slice of death in a new discussion group challenging the taboo subject.
The Death Cafe, taking place at The Toy Shop, Putney High Street, Putney, has been organised by Suzanne Michal.
Miss Michal, 48, of Putney, is inviting people to have something to eat and openly discuss the subject of dying in informal surroundings.
The writer has experienced the loss of her husband, sister, partner and brother in law, as well as being present during the earthquake in Haiti.
She found it difficult to get anybody to talk about dying and discovered Death Cafes as a lighthearted way to deal with the subject.
Anything from funerals to the loss of someone close is discussed, with a range of different age groups attending.
She said: "I have had lots of experiences losing people who you love, sometimes in dramatic circumstances.
"You find yourself quite alone in that process. It is not really something as a society we talk about.
"It is such a warm place to be, because people come there with such a desire to be able to share. It is very warm very friendly and can be funny."
It is the first death café to take place in the borough, with Miss Michal planning to run a group at the beginning of every month.
The Death Cafe movement is based on the ideas of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettoz who set up Cafe Mortals.
It spread to England in 2011, with about 300 death cafés located across Europe, America and Australasia.
The first evening is taking place on November 4 from 7pm-9.15pm.
For more information visit www.deathcafe.com
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