Through an Ancient Gate

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Through an Ancient Gate

Rev. Julia Hamilton

There is a greeting I heard earlier this month: “The skeleton in me greets the skeleton in you.” This meditation reminded me of it.

Not too long ago, a colleague invited me to something called a Death Café. I was intrigued. Some of you may have heard about Death Cafés. There have been several held here in Santa Barbara over the past year and a half. The idea was started by a sociologist in Switzerland named Bernard Crettaz who created the first Café Mortels back in 2004; It then spread to France, was launched in England in 2011, and then came to the United States and Australia. It is now a non-profit social franchise, which is to say that anyone who likes the idea and is willing to abide by the guiding principles can use the name and host their own Death Café anywhere in the world.

The tagline sums up the basic concept: “At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.”

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