Chat About Mortality Over Coffee at Green-Wood Cemetery’s “Death Cafe”
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Is there anything better than some coffee and some good conversation?
We guess it depends on the topic; would you grab a cup of coffee and talk about death? Because you can at the Green-Wood Cemetery next month.
If you want to partake in a darker subject such as, well, the passing of life, you can visit the Brooklyn Cemetery’s monthly “Death Cafe” series, in which participants contribute their opinions and discuss mortality.
We know it may seem awkward to talk about what happens after one kicks the bucket, but we assure you, it’s not a grim argument on how you die. Jon Underwood, who kickstarted the international phenomenon, has that as an explicit rule.
According to the Gothamist, all Death Cafe meetings must be not-for-profit, respectful, confidential, and have no “intention of leading people to any conclusion”.
Amy Cunningham, the facilitator of the Death Cafe and a private funeral business, states that normally the topic of death is something many people ghost around, with people willing to talk more about their sex life over the afterlife, or how they would want to die.
Cunningham and Underwood believe that New York City’s population has a thirst to talk about death, especially when in today’s society life can feel anonymous and many people are more spiritual than religious.
And all over cake and other refreshments! Apparently, Underwood thinks it’s a good equalizer. “Cake normalizes things.”
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Most cafes start off with an introduction in the crematory’s chapel. Then the participants are split up into groups of four and scattered themselves throughout the modern building’s urn-lined rooms.
Conversation topics ranged from the philosophical to the practical, so you can’t go wrong with what you’d want to talk about. As long as it has to do with death, that is.
Stop by for a cuppa and get ready to feel introspective at the cemetery at 5th Avenue and 25th Street in Brooklyn. Admission is free and you can sign up here before March 7th!