A NEW Death Café in Stratford-upon-Avon has been launched to help people overcome their fears about death.
The café held its first meeting on Sunday to discuss the trauma of facing up to death or the emotional upheaval caused by losing a loved one.
The monthly meetings are not regarded by organisers as counselling, therapy or support sessions but are seen as a forum for people to sit down and talk about the realities of death.
Founded in the United States, Death Café is a place where, according to its website, anyone can go “to drink tea, eat cake and discuss death”. Already similar cafés have been established in London.
A professional counsellor for 12 years at Myton Hospice, Gillian James ran the first session in Stratford with her friend Glynis Fletcher on Sunday 12th January at Lifeways in Albany Road, Stratford.
Both women are volunteers and there’s no charge to take part in the death discussions but places must be booked in advance.
“Our experience suggests that people would like to talk about death but it remains a taboo subject. Some of us are worried about dying, some may have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness while others are trying to come to terms with bereavement but where do you go for help?
“Our sessions are meant to be frank conversations with other people and there is no driven agenda,” Gillian said.
For more information about the Death Café contact Gillian at personcentred @hotmail.com or 01789 298782 or contact Glynis at glynis.fletcher@ talk21.com or 01789 267574
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