Death is an inevitable part of life, but can often be difficult to discuss. To provide a safe, casual and comfortable environment for people to talk about death and gain perspective, the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) is hosting Death Café, a guided discussion group.
Death Café helps people engage with death to find value during life in a non-profit and non-denominational setting, the library noted. The group does not seek to lead people to any conclusion, product or course of action but rather to provide a space to explore their thoughts and feelings around this universal topic, according to a media release from KFPL.
Death Café sessions will be held monthly throughout 2023, and the first, led by experienced death doula Siobhan Skeehan, will take place on Monday, Apr. 17, 2023, at 6 p.m. at the Central Branch. KFPL said that attendees will be treated to light refreshments and an open discussion.
“Human connections are essential to gaining perspectives on death, and the library is a great community hub to make those connections and find resources going forward,” said Jake Miller, Librarian, Adult Programming. “We’re grateful to have Siobhan Skeehan lead this initiative, and we look forward to seeing its positive impact on our community.”
Registration for the first session of Death Café is open, and interested participants can sign up on the KFPL website at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/8187210. More information about Death Café is available on their website at https://deathcafe.com/what/. Future dates will be listed on KFPL’s program calendar at https://calendar.kfpl.ca