Death Cafe

Death Café: An open conversation

Have you ever wanted to talk about death?  Curious about the great beyond?

Then join us for a lively group-directed discussion about death, dying and the afterlife

at our monthly Death Café.


A Death Café provides an opportunity for people to increase their awareness and understanding of death, and for death-related discussion and conversation to take place in a warm and informal environment.  People of all ages and from all walks of life come together to share stories of great intimacy over a cup of tea or coffee, and cake. Death Cafés provide an open, respectful and confidential space where everyone present can express their views, ask questions, and explore their beliefs without the fear of being judged.

Apart from a break during the pandemic, your facilitator Dr Michele Knight has been running Death Cafe’s in Sydney since September 2014.  And finally, after a long hiatus Death Café is back!  Our next Death Cafe will be held on Saturday 21st October, 10:30am -12:30noon at:

The Creative Library, Manly Library, 1 Market Place, Manly

Death Café is a social franchise which is based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist who established Café Mortels. Jon Underwood ( read about the first Café Mortel to take place in Paris in the Independent newspaper in 2010, and was immediately motivated to offer these himself.  For further information on the Death Café social franchise, please visit

Death Café is not a bereavement support group or a grief counselling setting, and Death Cafés won’t work for people who for whatever reason aren’t able to discuss death comfortably and openly.

Death Cafés are also not an opportunity to give people information about death and dying regardless of how good or important it is. Instead, we create time to discuss death without any expectations.  For this reason, having guest speakers and information materials available for attendees is actively discouraged.  Finally, Death Cafés are not intended to work as a method of community engagement, research or consultation, and are not used for these purposes.

Kindly note that there is a $5 voluntary donation to cover costs, and for further information and to RSVP, please email Michele at or visit us at 

Death Café (formerly Death Café Marrickville)