Death Cafe: Talking openly about death

Feb 24, 2018

It's called the "Death Cafe" -- a venue where interested people can talk openly about death. A Buffalo "Death Cafe" was scheduled Saturday (2pm) at the Sewing Souls Studios on South Elmwood Avenue.

It's a concept that started in London in 2011. Since then, nearly six thousand Death Cafe events have been held in 52 countries.

Buffalo organizer Morgan Jamie Dunbar acknowledges it's a topic many people aren't comfortable talking about.

"That's totally understandable. We do come from a death-phobic culture," Dunbar said. "We push away or reject the more difficult and challenging aspects in life. In my experience, I've come to value life more when I'm conscious of my own mortality."

Dunbar says she began looking into holding a "Death Cafe" in Buffalo after navigating the death of her four-day-old son in 2016.

She says Saturday's event is a chance to eat cake, drink tea and talk about death in a "positive, safe environment."