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Death café in the Welsh valleys – an appraisal

Parry, Mary, Taubert, Mark, Clements, Samuel, Churcher, Clare, James, Alexandra and Smith, Karen 2021. Death café in the Welsh valleys – an appraisal. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 27 (4) , pp. 188-194. 10.12968/ijpn.2021.27.4.188

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Background: A death café is an event where people drink, eat and discuss death. Death cafés do not follow a set structure and the events are held for free. The mission of death cafés is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. Death cafés have a proven track record in providing a safe place for people to have conversations about dying, death and grief. Aim: This study aims to contribute to the literature by providing a simple synthesis of comments made on the day of a death café in Wales by the attendees, and to allow the identification of further research questions. Method: A death café event was organised in the South Wales valleys, to encourage discussions about death during Dying Matters Awareness week in the UK, 10 May to 16 May 2019. Result: The event was well attended, and attendees recorded their thoughts about the event. Conclusion: Emerging themes were categorised into the following themes: communication, digital legacy, stigma, humour and a request for future events. Feedback showed that the death café had encouraged a greater dialogue about death and dying and facilitated conversations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 1357-6321
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Date of Acceptance: 2021
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2021 15:00

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