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Death And Tea

Dandelion Clock Transitions invites residents
to talk about death at upcoming Death Café events.
Talking about death is much easier when served with a side of cake and a splash of tea.

At a Death Café, people gather to talk about their experience with grief and the fear of dying with the goal of making the most out of their finite lives. This unusual teatime tradition originated in the United Kingdom in 2011, and it quickly gained popularity all over the world.

Residents are invited to share their emotions and experiences at the upcoming Death Cafés hosted by DCT, which will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. every 2nd Wednesday of each month @ place TBD, please see the website for updates- DandelionClockTransitions.com

Sarah Thompson, Director at DCT, said the organization saw a need for a space that would allow people to openly talk about dying.
The events attract a blend of new and regular participants, which may include parents who have lost a child, people who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and their families, or professionals who work with dying patients, like nurses.

Topics range from grief to eco-friendly burials, and Thompson has found that participants leave the meetings with a sense of relief.
“These discussions allow people to release emotions they have bottled up out of fear of burdening family and friends. Death Cafés provide an opportunity to connect with other people, find meaning in life, and feel inspired to move on and treat people with kindness. My mind is just constantly blown by the real-life experiences that people have had,” she said. “It makes you just feel so incredibly close to other people. It allows me to serve my community, which is something that’s fulfilling to me,” Thompson said.

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