The subject of death is not one easily discussed over a coffee. But a new Death Cafe coming to Milton Keynes aims to change that and dispel all the taboos on death.
Death Cafes were set up to give people the chance to talk about their experiences of death and ask questions of professionals for help and advice.
The idea is to try to dispel the many taboos around the subject and encourage people, often strangers, to take openly about the subject.
The first Death Cafe was held in September 2011 and since then there have been 400 Death Cafes around the world including the USA, Canada, Italy and South Korea.
The Milton Keynes event will be held at the MK Buszy between 12pm and 2pm on Saturday. Those interesting are invited to come along and share their experiences over coffee and cake.
Jen Hacker, who set up the Milton Keynes Branch, said: “There are only two real certainties in life, birth and death. When it comes to birth, there is a wealth of information on what to expect.
“There are support groups, and classes for this life stage, but very little for death.
“There is still a strong western tradition of not discussing mortality openly and honestly, that is why I decided to bring the Death Cafe to Milton Keynes.
“Taking away doubt means we can get on with living, that’s the aim .”
A Death Cafe is a discussion group about death rather than a grief support or counselling session.
Spaces for the event are limited so visitors are encouraged to book their place in advance by visiting the website www.deathcafe.com and typing in Milton Keynes.