Monthly Archives: May 2018

EVENT: Death Cafe

 

I’ll be hosting a Death Cafe out at Sticks and Stones on July 14th at 2pm.

Address: Sticks and Stones 11037 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

For anybody interested, this will be a free event.

A Death Cafe is a scheduled non-profit social gathering for the express purpose of frankly discussing death over food and drink, usually tea and cake. The goal of this group gathering is to educate and help others become more familiar with the end of life issues that all of us will encounter throughout our lives – whether it be witnessing/holding vigil for a loved one or friend, or preparing for our own eventual deaths.

The idea of the Death Cafe originated with Swiss sociologist and anthropologist Bernard Crettaz, who organized the first Café Mortel in 2004.

Participants will be urged to discuss their understanding, thoughts, dreams, fears and all other areas of death and dying at this event. We will also discuss the kind of documentation and work needed to be considered before death, in hopes that people will be better prepared and not so overwhelmed when dealing with the aftermath of the death of a loved one.

It’s Official – I am now an End-of-Life Doula

The role of an End-of-Life Doula is to accompany the dying person and their loved ones through the final months, weeks and days of life. The doula provides support, resources, education and friendship for those who accept and embrace dying as a natural part of life, not just an abrupt ending. This period of life may end up lasting a year or a day.

The end-of-life doula adds a layer of support for both the dying person and their family to help them live life to the fullest.