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Death Cafes: increasing the awareness of death and making the most of our lives

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 19 February 2013



Death Cafes: increasing the awareness of death and making the most of our lives
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 152
Posted DateTuesday 19 February 2013 17:30 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/04/death-cafe-dying-en ... 
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CategoriesKnowledge Cafe

I have all sorts of ideas for Knowledge Cafes. I have always thought they would make good vehicles to discuss taboo subjects though I have never had or made the opportunity to experiment with this idea. I am sure though that such Cafes have been run - probably to the World Cafe format.

Talking about Death is one of our biggest taboos. So I was delighted although a little surprised when someone recently told me about Death Cafes and pointed me to this article: Death Cafes Grow As Places To Discuss

There is even a Death Cafe website. I rather like their mission statement:
At Death Cafes people come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

The objective of Death Cafe is "To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives".

In other words, in discussing death you may get to make more of your lives.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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