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What is a death café? is a worldwide movement started in London in 2010 by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Swiss Sociologist Bernard Crettaz.

The objective of the movement is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives”. 

Of course, cake, tea or coffee always helps the conversation flow!

Death Café Palliative Care WA

Palliative Care WA recognises the importance of death cafes and their role in helping people increase their awareness of death and dying. We are commencing a series of death cafes during 2023, with the theme of ‘Muffins, Mugs & Memories’.

Please visit our Events section to see when and where you can attend one of our death cafes or others being held in WA. is a great place to start to see what’s happening not only in your neck of the woods but also across Australia and the world.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our death cafes and sharing muffins, mugs and memories.

Some rules for our death café

A death café is a discussion group, not a grief support group or counselling session.

To make this a safe space so that everyone benefits, please be mindful of the following:

  • be respectful of other peoples’ points of view and experiences without judgement
  • remember discussions are confidential
  • allow others time and space to make their comments
  • pay attention to others sharing what may be painful or personal stories
  • have your mobiles on silent
  • please don’t lead other people to any conclusion or course of action*.