Dorchester Folk Talking About Death!
7:28am 20th May 2014
An American fad that doesn't tip toe around one of life's darker moments has arrived in Dorchester.
Age UK has hosted the county towns first ever Death Cafe where people can talk openly about life's journey up the stairway to heaven.
The event saw a group of strangers come together and talk openly about their experiences with death, and their feelings towards leaving this world behind one day.
It was set up by The Conscious Aging Trust as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week.
Groups like this have taken off in the US, but this is one of the first of its kind in the South.
Dr Max Mackay-James, director of the Trust, arranged the afternoon and believed it was a great success: "It was brilliant; the conversation hasn't stopped for the best part of two hours."
"One of the precious things about the death cafe, is that we're just talking about ordinary people getting together and beginning the conversation."
"One of the things we do create is a safe environment; we ask people to keep confidentiality about anything that's raised. That works really well, and it's respectful and intimate."
People who went got the chance to talk about the practical plans, such as wills, the conversations surrounding death, and how different people cope with these issues.
Dr Mackay-James hopes to organise more Death Cafes in the future: "We would like to put on more events; sometimes we do storytelling events, and we have some regular groups.
"We've actually had a lot of laughs as well. We've had some very touching stories told, but it's been very light hearted."