Wings of Hope hosts second death cafe

Kayla Deneau


Wings of Hope Hospice is hosting its second death cafe on Monday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at a home in West Olive.

“It’s an international movement where people gather and talk about death,” said Wings of Hope director Theresa Lynn. “It’s such a taboo subject that people who want to talk about often have trouble finding someone to talk to.”

Lynn said the idea originated in Switzerland, but the hospice hosted the first cafe on this side of Michigan in Novemeber.

The first cafe had an attendance of 27 people. Lynn said she was excitement about the turnout because first-time cafes generally draw a crowd of eight to ten individuals.

“I think there are more people than we realize that want to talk about it,” she said.

One of the tables at the first event had seven people, with five of them being cancer survivors.

“They all had a perspective on death that those of use that haven’t had cancer can’t share,” said Lynn.

She said she has a fishbowl of conversation-starting questions on each table, but conversation generally flows very naturally.

Wings of Hope director of development and human resources Betty Jo Ferry said Wings of Hope is planning another cafe in June that will be at the hospice, much closer for many in the area.

“Death cafes help people. They educate them that death isn’t something to be afraid of, it’s something to embrace,” she said. “We’re all going to die, let’s do it in the best way possible.”

Individuals interested in attending the April event can contact Ferry at (269) 686-8659.

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