My friend Terry had 35 people at her monthly Death Cafe tonight here in Doylestown, PA.
35 people who want to talk about death. At the public library, in a small(ish) town, of their own accord.
I would take this as a pretty good indicator of how much people are not getting their death-talk needs met in regular life. Whether you’ve recently been through a loss or have enjoyed a long respite, it’s pretty impossible to never think about it.
So as long as we’re all having thoughts — random or specific, personal or universal, practical or theoretical — might it not be more interesting, intriguing, stimulating, soothing, or just plain human, to not suppress or ignore them, or keep them under wraps and to ourselves, and just talk openly and freely together with other humans?
Go to a Death Cafe or just gab with your own circle of friends or family. But don’t give in the the repressive culture of not talking about death for whatever stupid reason (morbid, depressing) might occur to you.
What usually happens when you allow yourself free reign on DEATH talk is that you feel the preciousness of life more acutely. Then you can move from death talk to LIFE talk and start making awesome plans for tomorrow.