Death is not a subject usually brought up in polite conversation over a cup of tea but that’s exactly what is being offered at the ‘Talking about Death’ Café being organised by Palliative Care Services of Dareton Primary Health Services.
At a ‘Talking about Death’ Café, people gather to eat cake, drink tea or coffee and discuss death in small groups.
“The objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives,” said Debbie Everett, Psycho Oncology Counsellor, Far West Local Health District.
“It is a group-directed discussion of death, with no agenda, objectives or themes,” said Ms Everett
“It is a ‘discussion group’ rather than a grief support group or counselling sessions. We hope to demystify and reduce the societal stigma/taboo around talking about death.”
The ‘Talking about Death’ Café will be held on Sunday, 7 May from 10am to 12 noon at Varapodio Estate, Block 60, Sturt Highway, Buronga. Participants are asked to be seated by 10.30am and there is no cost to attend, though you will have to buy your own coffee/cake.
Ms Everett said participants at other ‘Talking about Death’ Cafés have commented the event allowed them the ‘freedom to talk about the usually un-talkable’; and that ‘having conversations with my Mum was a relief’ and ‘I gained peace of mind’.
Registration to attend is required by Wednesday, 3 May. Contact Debbie Everett or Fiona Weir, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care, Far West LH, at Dareton Primary Health to register or phone 5021 7200.