This project is aimed at individuals in Lyme Regis and it addresses the promotion of good mental health by providing a calm, safe space to talk about death and dying. This is a typically taboo subject in society. The last 2 events have attracted attendees from ages 14 to 70+.
- Date: Launched August 2019 and this monthly event takes place on the 2nd Monday of each month, 6-8pm
- Venue: The Hub, Church Street, Lyme Regis.
- Responsible: Tracey West and Chris Tipping
This event was born from the social franchise movement, Death Café – further details about how it guides people towards better mental health, can be found at DeathCafe.com
At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat free cake, drink tea and discuss death, a subject that has huge social stigma.
The objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.
A Death Café is a group directed discussion about death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
Death Cafés typically appeal to people who have been adversely/positively affected by the death of a family member or a friend and by people who have had their mortality pricked, occasionally by a terminal or serious illness themselves, or somebody close them them. The Lyme Regis Death Café is free to attend. The organisers believe that money (or lack of it) should not be a prohibitive factor for attending.
The Death Café’s are organised:
- On a not for profit basis
- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food and comforting cake – all of which are free.
See the Lyme Regis Death Café Facebook Page for news of forthcoming events.