A Death Café is a casual meeting of community members that get together to talk about all topics related to death and dying. Please join Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss and the Center for Life Transition on Thursday September 18, 2014 from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM for Union County’s second Death Café and a facilitated discussion on all things death-related at Mondo in Summit, at 426 Springfield Avenue.
The idea to bring people together over tea and cake to discuss death originated in Death Café founder Jon Underwood's house in London, England. A 41-year old father of two Jon believes “that using my limited time to work around death is the best thing that I can do to help make this a better planet.” He developed the idea from the writings of Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist who says talking about death leads to authenticity.
“Part of the mission of Imagine is to normalize grief in our society and to create resilient “Good Mourning” communities that know how to support children and adults when they are grieving any type of loss,” said Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine. "Talking about death and dying can reduce fear and stress, open communication and prepare families for end of life decision making. It can actually improve the quality of life.”
A Death Café offers the community an opportunity to have a frank, casual conversation about death. There are no experts or educators. Just people—all of whom share one thing in common- a desire to explore the issues related to dying and to learn to cope with loss when it occurs. This is an opportunity to share ideas, fears and dreams and raise awareness about the normalcy of death and the need to talk about it. This is a group-directed discussion of issues about death and dying rather than a grief support or counseling session. Please call or email Imagine Program Director Mandi Zucker for more information at 908-264-3100 or Mandi@imaginenj.org
Imagine is a free year-round grief support center located in Westfield and serving all of Union County and beyond. Visit our website at Imagine or call 908-264-3100 for more information. The Center for Life Transition located in Chatham is a safe and caring place designed to assist bereaved adults with support and understanding after a loss. Free year-round professional led support groups are available for adults of all ages. Contact (973) 908-6004 for more information.