Does sitting around talking about death over coffee and cake with a bunch of strangers sound a little macabre? It turns out that some Coloradans are doing just that at gatherings known as death cafes.
Death cafes are open to everyone and any topic that has to do with death is fair game. Topics range from funeral planning and documentation to discussions about what happens when you die. The idea started in East London a few years ago and has since spread around the world.
The conversations are non-denominational. People come for different and personal reasons, but often it's because they feel like they don't have anyone else to talk to about these issues. Larson says even professionals say they have no one to talk with about death.
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