Thursday, October 31, 2013
Timely Death Cafe
When I first heard about Death Cafes on a radio program this past summer, I was intrigued. Year-round events where strangers meet to discuss this weighty subject over tea and cake. Over the past few years, these get-togethers have been gaining momentum worldwide. I am looking forward to my introductory experience with a Death Cafe tomorrow, which is also day one of a two day festival known as Day of the Dead. In cultures where this holiday is recognized, November 1st is dedicated to joyfully celebrating with the souls of children who have passed. The following day is when deceased adults are welcomed back to join the living in celebrations of life. Last week, I realized that my book launch happens to fall on the second day of that festival. Before my son's death, I had given the holiday little thought, but two years ago, during that first November without him, I imagined how supportive it would be to be immersed in a culture that celebrates this. Then last year, by chance, I was in Sedona for their Day of the Dead festivities. This year, through serendipity, I again have both days covered - the first will be spent expanding my mind, the second, celebrating a creation born out of death.