DEATH Cafe, a phenomenon that has swept the Western world, is coming to Heathcote on Saturday.
Organiser Amanda Collins, who is a member of Central Victoria Death Doulas, said ‘Death Cafes’ had been running for about 15 years in 65 countries.
‘‘They are a safe and facilitated space where people can come and talk about any issue relating to death,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a non-judgmental and non-religious environment where people can be themselves.’’
Amanda said there was still a ‘huge taboo’ surrounding death.
‘‘Even though our logical minds know that we will die, most people can’t wrap their heads around it. It’s as if we think we may live forever. So we don’t think about it. And we certainly don’t talk about it,’’ Amanda said.
‘‘I believe that if we start to talking about death and dying more openly, we can learn to live more fully.’’
The event is free, and donations are welcome to help cover the cost of tea and cakes. It will be held in the Artspace, rear council offices, at 2pm, on Saturday. Bookings are essential, via Eventbrite, bit.ly/2QPYfWe
A second Death Cafe will be held on August 8 at Heathcote library, in conjunction with Dying to Know Day. Visit facebook.com/events/888502808170927 for information.