WHAT IS A DEATH CAFÉ?
It’s a guided group discussion forum where people come together to talk openly + candidly about the meaning of life, mortality, death, dying, + related topics.
The aim of a Death Café is not to provide grief counseling or to promote any particular religious or spiritual beliefs, but rather to encourage honest conversations with the goal of promoting greater awareness + acceptance of death as a natural part of life.
It’s an inclusive, safe, confidential + non-judgmental space where people can share their thoughts, experiences, + questions about death in a respectful + supportive environment. A place for exchanges + deep listening as well as a space where you can be brave. There’s no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.
Death Café serves our community as a doorway into the shared exploration of our love of life + respect for death.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Death Café is free + open to anyone who wants to talk about death. All are welcome from hospice workers, doulas, the terminally ill, elderly, those experiencing a loss to the death-curious however, this program is recommended for anyone 13 years or older. Ages 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Everyone has their own reasons for getting involved in a Death Café + talking about death won’t kill us!
Parking — parking available in our lot, school lot and street.
Is required. Seating is limited to 25 max to keep the group size manageable + allow space for discussion, so please RSVP early! The café will not be recorded/virtual to remain confidential for participants.
This event is sponsored by Providence Community Libraries + facilitated by artist Jay Davani.
MEET YOUR HOST
Jay Davani, is a death curious artist + experienced cafés facilitator, based in Providence, RI born in Tehran, Iran. She has enthusiasm for talking about death + dying with high ethical standards. Jay completed the Mortem Death Residency at a death positive thanatology school for artists to study the practical, cultural + existential sides of death + mourning. She was also a speaker for the North Burial Ground series, NBG Presents, exploring cemeteries through photography. Jay has planned funerals, memorials + organized estate clean outs. She actively attends Life + Death Cafés, doula/grief trainings, book talks + has co-facilitated the Mortem’s Death Café for Artists.