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(RNS) No one wants to talk about death at the dinner table, says Lizzy Miles, a social worker in Columbus, Ohio. But sometimes people need to talk about the "taboo'' topic. Hence the birth of "death cafes.''


  1. What’s the point? We’re all going to die and there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s lousy. Why think about it beforehand? What’s the point?

    • I think a lot of people invest energy into not thinking about dying, and can twist their lives right out of shape trying not to think about dying. Having these conversations can be a way of releasing that energy and making it available for other purposes.

  2. Source: Boston bomb suspect says brother was brains behind attack

    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators his older brother Tamerlan was the driving force behind last week’s attack and that no international terrorist groups were behind them, a U.S. government source

  1. […] Her gift sparked the birth of “death cafes” in the US, a trend that started in England and is about to take off across America, she said. The casual get-togethers are held at coffee shops, restaurants and, recently in Atlanta, at the historic Oakland Cemetery. Hosts are social workers and chaplains — no professional association, philosophy or religion sponsors them, and no one tries to sell anything like coffins or funeral plots…. Read this in full at […]