Cafe tackles taboo subject to get more people talking about death

A shopping mall in Greater Manchester is to host a 'Death Café' where people can meet up to talk openly about the end of life over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Humanist celebrant Mark Adams is will host the event at Uplift cafe at Stretford Mall today, when people will be able to meet up to discuss what is often a taboo subject.

The mall says the idea is to provide a relaxed atmosphere so people can talk around the issues people face concerning death, using conversation as a way to help people prepare emotionally, spiritually and practically for when they or their loved ones pass away.

Mark said the inaugural, one hour-long Death Café meeting from 3.30pm is open to anyone, and if successful then it will hopefully become a regular event.

He said: "I think it's a great concept and something that is done worldwide. It's a safe place for people to talk about death.

"Death is a taboo subject. It might not be something you feel comfortable talking about down the pub with your mates."

Stretford’s first Death Café event will be held at 3.30pm on February 19, at Uplift café at Stretford Mall. You can find the café on Facebook: