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Death Cafe

  • The Commons 46 Bradford Street Provincetown, MA, 02657 United States (map)

Join Us for Tea, Cake & Conversation
nurturing a positive & curious relationship to death


Wednesday, April 24


Provincetown Commons
46 Bradford Street

WHAT: Death Café Provincetown
6:00-7:30pm Wednesday, April 24
WHERE: Provincetown Commons 46 Bradford Street
COST: Free; Refreshments Provided 

At a Death Café people gather to discuss death and eat sweets. Death Café Provincetown is designed to nurture a positive and curious relationship to death and dying. The objective is simple, yet profound: to increase awareness of death with a view to helping each other make the most of our (finite) lives.

The Death Café model is a social franchise with origins that began with Swiss sociologists Bernard Crettaz and Yvonne Preiswerk who, beginning in the 1980s, studied societal rites and customs that accompany death. In 2000, after the death of Yvonne, Bernard founded Café Mortel which brought people together in bistros to talk about death. In 2010 John Underwood read about Bernard and Café Mortel and in 2011 decided to start his own Death Café series in East London facilitated by his mother and psychotherapist Sue Barsky Reid.

The Death Café model spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. Since 2011, there have been nearly 8,000 Death Cafes offered in 65 countries. If 10 people attended each one that’s 80,000 folks coming together to talk about death.

At Death Café Provincetown, participants are offered a space to come together as friends and community members to reflect and discuss what we believe is important with regards to death and dying. Death Café Provincetown is a place where we can ask questions and share experiences; it is a place where we can celebrate life while cultivating an active relationship with death. 

Death Café discussions are open-ended, participant-led conversations with no agenda, objective or theme. Death Café Provincetown is not a grief support group nor a counselling session; it is an opportunity to make friends with death. 

Death Café Provincetown is a free event open to all. Refreshments provided.

Death Café Provincetown on April 24 is the first of what will become a monthly event held on the last Wednesday of the month. The next Death Café Provincetown is scheduled for May 29, 6:00-7:30pm also at Provincetown Commons. Death Café Provincetown will be on hiatus for June, July & August but will resume again in September.

Death Café Provincetown is organized and facilitated by Dawn Walsh, End-of-Life Doula. Dawn is also the founder and producer of Provincetown’s Annual Day of the Dead Festival, a hospice volunteer, a green burial advocate, a member of The Order of the Good Death, and serves on the Provincetown Cemetery Commission. 

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