Originating in Europe in 2004 and arriving in America less than a year ago, Death Café is now an international movement. It is designed to provide a comfortable setting for people to talk about death while drinking tea and coffee and eating cake. The only objective of a Death Café is "to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." There is no intention of leading participants to any particular conclusion, product, or course of action. Instead, a Death Café provides an open, respectful, and confidential space free of discrimination where people can express and explore their understanding of death safely. As Andy Webster, a hospice chaplain, once said, "Our greatest prejudice is against death. It spans age, gender, and race. We spend immeasurable amount of energy fighting an event that will eventually triumph. Though it is noble not to give in easily, the most alive people I've ever met are those who embrace their death. They love, laugh, and live more fully."
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