This is a monthly encounter in which the topic of conversation is about death and dying. Forming part of the Death Café global movement started by Jon Underwood in 2011, Mallorca Death Café began in December 2015 with regular meet ups in a local café in my home town in Mallorca.
I have facilitated twenty such events since 2015, at which locals and foreigners have gathered to listen to the thoughts and reflections of others and to offer their own ideas. Gatherings can be conducted in either Spanish or English.
There is no agenda and everyone is invited to introduce themselves and say why they have come or why they are coming back. For many they are curious about the name “Death Café” and wonder what an earth the meeting could be about. For others they are interested in death as the only guarantee and want to explore their hopes and fears with other like-minded people. And for most, the Mallorca Death Café offers a space in which they are not judged for what they believe.
Everyone is welcome to attend and the cost is normally the price of one’s own refreshments. If a space has been loaned for the event, such as a cultural centre or holistic centre, then a minimum price is set and refreshments are available too.