We live in a vibrant city so let's talk about death and life as we enjoy the amazing food and cultures of Los Angeles. Death Cafes are held all over the City of Angels. As your hostess, I take requests.
Upcoming Death Cafes
I am planning upcoming Death Cafes for fall 2014.
I will be hosting many Death Cafes so please check back for updates.
Please email me or fill out the form below to be placed on the Death Cafe LA email list or if you would like a Death Cafe to be held in your neighborhood.
email: betsy@betsytrapasso.com
facebook:  Death Cafe Los Angeles
twitter:  @DeathCafeLA
phone: 310-954-1424 ext 1
Why I love being the Death Cafe LA hostess
I am thrilled to be a part of this beautiful Death Cafe movement started by Jon Underwood in England. I feel like a part of my life is coming full circle. Hospice was brought to the US from England in 1974 and the first hospice in the US is in my hometown, Branford, Connecticut. My grandfather was mayor of Branford at that time and he fought to have Connecticut Hospice in our town. As a child I went to these hospice meetings and I saw it come to life. As the Death Cafe LA hostess, I love that I am continuing on the path that my grandfather started almost 40 years ago.
I love Los Angeles. In 1994, I learned this city as a hospice social worker. I drove all over LA and I helped people of most every culture, class, race, religion and spirituality die peacefully. I was welcomed into homes of complete strangers and they offered me the food and drinks of their culture. I learned about neighborhoods many people never knew existed.  I was honored to learn this City of Angels by helping the dying and their families. I want to give back to the people and the city that taught me so much about life, love and death. This is why I am holding Death Cafes all over LA. I want to reconnect with the people and neighborhoods that I love. And the food, I can't forget the food.

Death Cafe HQ
Jon Underwood, Founder of the Death Cafe movement
What is Death Cafe?
At Death Cafes people come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

The objective of Death Cafe is "To increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives".
The idea of running Death Cafes came from the work of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz. Jon Underwood read of this in a newspaper article in November 2010 and immediately decided to offer Death Cafes himself. Death Cafe is part of a set of projects about death called Impermanence.

The first Death Cafe took place in Jon's basement in September 2011 and was facilitated by Sue Barsky Reid. Since then we have held Death Cafes in the Royal Festival Hall, a yurt, cool cafes and other people's houses. The events have invariably been very special and feedback has been fantastic.

Death Cafes are always offered:

· On a not for profit basis, though to be sustainable we try to cover expenses through donations and fundraising
· In an accessible, respectful and confidential space, free of discrimination, where people can express their views safely
· With no intention of leading participants towards any particular conclusion, product or course of action
· Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!

If you want to get in contact with Death Cafe please email: underwoodjon [at] gmail.com. You may want to attend or host a Death Cafe, be added to our mailing list or send us something for the website. Or maybe you'd just like to chat. Either way we'd love to hear from you :)

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