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'Death Cafes' Grow in Popularity

| by Michael Allen
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The phrase "death cafe" might conjure up a meeting of the Hemlock Society or other pro-suicidal folks.

However, death cafes are only talk, according to Death Cafe host Jane Hughes Gignoux.

“Some of them are in public cafes. Some of them are in people’s homes,”  Gignoux told CBS Miami.

“Some people come with questions. Some people come with things that they want to share. Some people come with anxieties,” added Gignoux, who hosts death cafes each month.

“Somebody who is in deep grief who might just recently, very recently, suffered a loss of a loved one probably might find it difficult."

The meet-ups include cookies, teas and other snacks before the conversation takes a deathly turn.

“It’s a comfort to be able to share your concerns, your fears, your feelings about something that’s so much a part of all of our lives,” claims Dr. Phyllis Kosminsky, author of “Getting Back To Life When Grief Won’t Heal.”

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“Talking about death is helpful and potentially life-enriching because it brings our attention to what we value in life."

It almost goes without saying, but death cafes are not recommended for people with mental health issues or those who suffer from depression.

Source: CBS Miami