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I think this idea is just fascinating.  I'd definitely go to one.  Would you?  Death is a natural part of life and I've given it a lot of thought.

This is the Death Cafe, an anything-goes, frank conversation on death that's been hosted at dozens of coffee shops and community centers in American cities from Arizona to Maine since beginning in the Columbus area in July. Death Cafes are modeled on similar gatherings in European cities that have been taking place for several years.

"The goal is to raise death awareness with the view of helping people make the most of their lives. I'm really passionate about death," said Lizzy Miles, a hospice volunteer and social worker who organizes the Columbus-area cafes, which take place about once a month and draw a range of attendees, from new college graduates to recent retirees.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter, Mrs M

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:19:23 AM PST

  •  I read that this morning and it's a Damn good (2+ / 0-)
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    dov12348, Noddy

    idea! There are lots of birthing classes and there should be death 'classes.'
    I never mourn a death but do feel bad for those who miss the departed. To me when one dies They Did It! Yeah!

    I don't like that many lives are shortened by others especially children.

    I mean, seriously what other option is there?

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones." "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:20:49 AM PST

  •  a sage taught the same idea: (2+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter, dov12348

    the fullest life is lived with the knowledge that death is at one's shoulder

    i've been taken with the idea of nonbeing since forever, and spent my youth trying to talk to others about it, and failing

    i'd only want to attend such a cafe if the participants are realists

    and one rule would have to be:

    no preaching about the "afterlife"

  •  When my Mother died, and I realized (3+ / 0-)
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    dov12348, isabelle hayes, Mrs M

    my siblings had no clue on what to do while she was dying or afterwards, either, I wrote a book of instructions on the process that they (and friends) insisted I make available as it is focused not on the philosophy but on the actual practical steps one needed to take either as the one who was preparing for their death or as a loved one handling the details and carrying out the plans for them.

    It's mostly about putting your affairs in order and when to recognize various physical steps along the way.

    I've used the information in the book several times since, as I'm now at an age when my friends are all dying of age-related illnesses instead of accidents, and given away quite a few copies to their families.

    We don't discuss the process of dying and of death and of putting our affairs in order.  A lot of people don't even know what their affairs are, or feel they are too poor to need to know this information.

    And once you know what your "affairs" are, it's easier to live.

    The price of living is death, we all pay it in the end, so why not be as prepared for it as for a vacation or a birth or buying a house?

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    by Noddy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:38:33 AM PST

    •  That's very cool. (1+ / 0-)
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      Mrs M

      And almost all of eternity we don't exist anyway.  At least in the way we're used to.

      Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

      by dov12348 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:33:14 AM PST

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