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Join Festival of Debate Online for a digital Death Cafe with Penny Merrett.

This event will take place on Zoom. There's no need to book a ticket, just join the Zoom meeting five minutes before the scheduled start time.

The Cafe is limited to 8 people. The Zoom room will be closed after 8 people have entered.

Click here to join Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 870 8913 4032

Death Cafe is an international movement, and a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather to eat cake, drink tea and talk about death. Its aim is to break down the taboos around discussing death, in order to help people make the most of their finite lives.

Founder Jon Underwood, who held the UK's first cafe at his home in London, explained: "When people sit down to talk about death, the pretence kind of falls away, and people talk very openly and authentically. They say things in front of strangers which are really profound and beautiful. And for English people to do that, with our traditional stiff upper lip, is very rare."

Since that first session in 2011, over 10,000 Death Cafes have been held in 69 countries around the world.

These sessions are facilitated by volunteers, with the conversation led by its participants, meaning there is no agenda, and there are no objectives or foregone conclusions. It is a discussion group, rather than a grief or counselling session; a space we aim to make conducive to contributing to the discussion.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Penny on

This event is part of Festival of Debate Online's Health & Wellbeing strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Health & Wellbeing Board.

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