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Death Café

Death Café

Wed 13 November 2019 15:00-16:00

Room 2.30 (UG common room), William Robertson Wing



Join Death Café, as explained below, with Dr Lindsey Büster from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.


In the UK, 70% of people wish to die at home,but 50% actually die in hospital. This phenomenon has been attributed to people not having important conversations about their wishes soon enough. The Death Café movement is trying to change this.


Death Café's are a safe space where people can come together and talk about their fears, hopes/wishes and experiences of death, dying and bereavement. Bereavement, though not traditionally seen as a mental health issue, does/will affect all of us at some point in our lives and likely affects large proportions of the student body at any one time. Grief is not something that can be 'got over' either, so even if bereavements have occurred in the distant past, they can still be painful.


Dr Lindsey Büster's research as an archaeologist involves the study of death and burial in the past, and she has recently been involved in a project which sought to use archaeology as a catalyst to open up discussions on death, dying and bereavement in contemporary society. By blending the Death Café format, with archaeological case studies (and the help of the Archaeology Society), she hopes that we can spark conversations that would not otherwise be had. (She recently gave a lecture on my research to the Archaeology Society which prompted rich and varied discussions on death, dying and bereavement in the pub afterwards!)


The Death Café will last around an hour and will involve drinking tea/coffee, eating biscuits/cake, looking at archaeological materials and informal/unscripted discussions amongst participants regarding their fears, wishes and experiences. Dr Lindsey Büster willl be there to act as safeguarder and facilitator but does not have any specific intended topics of conversation in mind.


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