It’s time to talk about death openly at a new ‘Death Cafe’

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It may sound a bit morbid but a new concept called a ‘Death Cafe’ - which helps people to be better informed about death and dying - is coming to Stirling this month. - the UK’s first online community for end of life planning - is hosting the event at Stirling’s Smith Art Gallery on Saturday, February 15 from 2pm to 4pm.

A Death Cafe is simply a small group of people who gather over cake and a cuppa to talk about life and death.

Final Fling Founder, Barbara Chalmers, said: “The notion that death is a taboo is dying.

“There’s very little that people won’t talk about these days. From the hundreds of thousands of visits to Final Fling in the last year, it’s pretty clear people are interested in being better informed about death and dying; they want to be in control and have choice.

“Our Death Cafes are another way of engaging and building a community of interest for anyone who’s interested in life and death. It’s an easy way to get together and talk about how our views and experiences of death impact on our life. And our aim is to make sure we’re able to get the best out of life, whatever comes along.”

Places at the Death Cafe are free but must be booked in advance as they are limited to make sure there’s a cosy enough group for people to talk openly and freely.

Death Cafes are a worldwide movement. Glasgow-based Final Fling launched the first one in Scotland last May for Death Awareness Week with support from Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief. The idea originally came from Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist and was picked up by Jon Underwood, founder of the Death Café movement in the UK. It has spread to the US via Lizzy Miles.

Find out more about the concept by visiting