Death Café In Hartland On Tuesday

June 9, 2014

in Hartland,News

Hartland Death Café #2 will be held at the Hartland library on Tuesday, June 10th, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Death Café gives an opportunity to simply talk about death, the only event that lies ahead of everyone. The objective of Death Café is to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”
Refreshments, including cake, will be served.
Hartland’s first Death Cafe in November 2013 was so over-subscribed and well-received that Aging in Hartland and the library are hosting another, this one in the evening to accommodate people who were not free on the November afternoon. Death Cafe is an open, respectful and confidential space where people can express their views about death safely. It is not bereavement support, grief counseling or a presentation, but offers a time to talk and to listen.
Death Cafés started in France and Switzerland as Café Mortels, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist. The first held in England was in 2011. Over 400 have been held in nine countries with over 200 in at least 40 United States cities. The first in Vermont was held in Brattleboro early in 2013. The Death Café idea is now organized and publicized through a London website ( that sets guidelines for any session held under the Death Café name. Guidelines specify that “refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake” will be served at every gathering and that there will be “no intention of leading participants to any conclusion, product or course of action.”
Facilitators for Hartland’s Death Café #2 will be Betsy Burghardt, Case Manager at Mt. Ascutney Hospital, and Marie Kirn, retired Hospice director and Chair of Aging in Hartland. Death Café is open to the public at no charge. All are welcome.


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