Trafford’s First Death Cafe Comes To Altrincham

Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased to be championing the borough’s first Death Cafe, an evening of conversation about one of life’s most difficult subjects.

Death Cafes were started in London by Jon Underwood in September 2011, influenced by the ideas of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz and the concept has since spread around the world. They are designed to give people a chance to talk openly about death in a way which ‘increases awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.

Trafford’s first Death Cafe will encompass this ethos, with residents of all ages meeting in a respectful, non-judgemental space to discuss all things life and death over tea and cake.

Alex Cotton, Commissioning Project Manager at Trafford CCG, said: “Death Cafes provide the space and freedom to talk about one of life’s last taboos. This informal space means people can come together to about talk about any issues to do with death, dying, grief and bereavement; from the kind of death they hope for, the funeral they would like, to what is included in their life’s bucket list.”

Death cafes are for everyone, whether you are currently healthy, have been through bereavement, or you or someone close to you have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.  By getting together to share our fears, questions, concerns and experiences, we can begin to normalise the conversation and  feel more empowered to start important conversations about our future and our wishes with our families, friends and healthcare professionals.”

Trafford’s Death Cafe will take place on Wednesday, 16 May, at Gran T’s Coffee House, at 29 Stamford New Road, Altrincham, from 7-9pm and is part of a number of events arranged to celebrate During Dying Matters Awareness Week, from 14-20 May 2018.

Booking is essential. To book and for further information, please email dyingmatterstrafford@gmail.com

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