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Death Café promises ‘Dead Good Crack & 'Cake to Die For!’

The Death Café Experience is rolling into Durham City, offering unusual opportunities to

discuss all things death over a cuppa and cake!

The informal event is hosted by independent Family Celebrant Annette Jeffrey, and Funeral

Director Helen Charlton Tilder, at:

  • Bean Social Café, 53 North Road in Durham on Tuesday May 3rd between 6 and 8pm.

  • Booking is essential, as places are strictly limited. Book via Death Café at

The Death Café is part of national Dying Matters Awareness Week, (May 2 nd – 6 th ) when

communities across the country will come together to talk about death, dying and grief.

Death Cafes allow people to talk openly about death, dying and related issues in a friendly,

non-judgemental setting. There are no ‘experts’, simply a coming together of thoughtful,

open-minded folk keen to explore and enjoy intriguing topics rarely touched upon


Host Annette Jeffrey explains: “Talking about death with strangers in an environment of

openness and curiosity is enlightening, enriching and ultimately empowering. It can on

occasion even be entertaining, with lots of laughter.

Death Cafes are essentially taboo-busting talking shops, and help us to prepare for our own

ending (and those of others) in an informed way. We start the difficult conversations here,

and people may go on to continue them with family and friends, in ways that are right for


Co-host Helen adds, ‘In our work as a Funeral Director and Funeral Celebrant, Annette and I

frequently see the consequences of families not discussing death. Fundamentals, such as

whether their loved one wanted to be buried or cremated can cause enormous anxiety at a

time already fraught with stress and upset.

Death is a part of all our lives, and once we’re willing to look it in the face the better we can

get on with enjoying the time we have left. Talking about death isn’t morbid, it’s life-


Please note that Death Cafes are not Bereavement Support Groups.

For information on Dying Matter Awareness week 2022 see

For information on Death Cafés see


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