Note: Jon Underwood, the founder of the international Death Cafe, died suddenly on June 27. Read more about it here.
I first heard about Death Café in the spring of 2012. I can’t remember where, but I think it was from someone in the National Home Funeral Alliance (NHFA). I was on the board of directors at the time. I thought, “What a brilliant idea! I’m already kind of doing that,” what with a natural death study group I had been leading for two years, and the inevitable discussions that people would stay for after community home funeral presentations. I knew that people need to talk about death and that there wasn’t enough opportunity. So, I began to look into what this Death Café thing was all about.