Death, Life, Culture

13 June 2020


Venue: Common House [online location]

Organiser: Zarine Jacob

Join us for an interactive workshop to openly talk about death, dying and living. We’ll consider how culture has shaped our views on death, how we carry with us the idea of our own mortality and what a “good death” means to us. We will do this through images, prompts, short texts, discussions and debriefs. We will manage the session so it is inclusive and participatory.

What it is: a safe and confidential space for you to talk about your own feelings and views on death. Respect for others’ views, personal sharing more than “intellectual” discourse and a non-hierarchic environment are key principles. If attending as a “death professional” please leave your work hat at the door. We simply gather as a group of people who will all die one day.

What it isn’t: it is not bereavement counselling or grief therapy. We don’t take a specific stance on topics like euthanasia, suicide etc. We encourage openness and we ask you to be mindful of the impact of what you choose to discuss.

Your facilitators: Zarine is an intercultural coach and leadership worker who has been hosting Ely Death Cafe since 2016. She believes that our attitudes to death influence how we live, and that by being emotionally and physically prepared we can make the most of our finite lives. Regina is a senior intercultural consultant and entrepreneur working across the globe. As a meditation and yoga student she is focusing on finding peace and happiness from within and best prepare for the final task in life.