Kamloops gathering hopes to breathe life into a taboo subject

By James Peters
September 19, 2016 - 2:39pm

KAMLOOPS — Talk about a dead room.

Kamloops' first ever 'Death Cafe' will be held at The Art We Are this evening.

Organizer Helen McFadyen says the get-together is meant to allow people to comfortably address a topic that is not easy to talk about.

"It's an opportunity for strangers to gather together in a safe, comfortable, respectful to have cake and drink tea and coffee and talk about death."

"The objective is to increase the awareness of death with a view to help people make the most of their finite lives."

McFadyen says the gatherings are not based on any particular religious outlook, nor do they represent a commercial interest.

"It's not about convincing people of one particular perspective or selling anything. There's no intention to lead people to any conclusion or course of action. It's about normalizing the conversation about death and dying, and taking away from the taboo and stigma that exists."

Tonight's event will run from 5:30 to 7:30.

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