Death Cafe Rotorua – Postponed
We have taken the precautionary step of postponing the Death Cafe on Thursday 26th March to a later date, to be advised.
Although we are not expecting 500 people to attend, we wanted the experience to be comfortable and relatable for all ages, especially elderly members of the community who would be better to be at home during these times.
We hope that you understand we also have a duty of care to our people and our partners to do everything we can to reduce the potential for exposure to COVID-19.
You know that we love to chat, and educate and have open conversations around death care, so if you do have anything to talk to us about…just call, we’d be more than happy to talk.
Keep washing those hands… 👐
Richard and the Osbornes team.
The Death Café Concept
Death and dying are something that we all face at sometime in our life, however we often don’t talk about it, and put it off to discuss ‘one day’.
Talking about it can only be a good thing; not only does coming to terms with your own mortality mean you’re more likely to live life to the full, being open about it means we can support each other, our families and ourselves when death has an impact on our lives. It makes for a healthier, happier community.
Death Café is a global concept founded by Jon Underwood, based on the work of Bernard Crettaz in 2004.
The objective of Death Café is not to be seen as morbid, but rather for people to go along, drink tea, eat cake and to ‘increase awareness of death with a view of helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.
We believe the more comfortable that people can become in talking about death and dying, the better for being able to communicate your wishes to those you love and care about.
It is important to understand what options are out there, debunk any myths, and enable you to feel at ease that your plans are in place. Death Café allows us to exchange conversations about life and death and celebrate the Art of Living and Dying in a compassionate community.
Find out what others are saying about our first Death Café event:
“You know something is up when a funeral home is buzzing, filled with laughter, cake, sandwiches and strong coffee…”– Rotorua Daily Post Reporter
“This was a very special discussion and the number of people who turned up was a sign that we need to talk about death more as a Community. Osbornes helped our family and met our needs with sensitivity and caring. Thank you for starting a wider discussion that helps us all.”– Mayor Steve Chadwick