Drink tea, eat cake and discuss death at unusual Ely event

Death cafe cake

Death cafe cake - Credit: Archant

Ely’s first ever death café will come to the city later this month at the High Flyer on Newnham Street.

Ely Death Cafe

Ely Death Cafe - Credit: Archant

The Ely Death Café is being run by Emma Coonan and Miriam Taylor, both Ely residents.

Emma said: “At a death café people come together in a relaxed setting to drink tea, eat cake and share their stories about death.

“Our aim is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. “Warning: feelings of relief, positivity and unexpected humour may occur.

“This community event is free of charge - participants are invited to buy refreshments at the bar.”

Death cafe teapot

Death cafe teapot - Credit: Archant


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The death café will run from 3.15pm until 5pm on Sunday July 30.

How does a Death Café work?

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A Death Café is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a grief support or counselling session.

The Death Café model was developed in the UK by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz. Death Cafés have been held all over the world: there have been 4836 Death Cafes in 51 countries.

Death cafe cup

Death cafe cup - Credit: Archant

For more information visit bit.ly/ElyDeathCafe or search Ely Death Café on Facebook.

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