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Cake and Conversation at the April Death Café Limerick

Participants will be coming together to eat cake, drink coffee and tea, and share their thoughts, questions and experiences about death, grief and loss for the April Death Café Limerick event at Hook and Ladder on Sarsfield Street, Limerick on April 21st from 7-9pm.

April Death Café follows a very successful first event in November 2015, organised by Dr. Tracy Fahey of LSAD, Jennifer Moran Stritch of LIT and artist Sinead Dinneen.

“We were actually overwhelmed by the response we got,”

says Moran Stritch, who is coordinating this event.

“We had an idea that people in Limerick wanted a place to talk with others about death in a positive, celebratory and relaxed way, but I don’t think we imagined that well over 130 would attend on the night.”

So what’s a Death Café really like? The experience appears to be as individual as the people who attend them.

“Last time we had an emphasis on facilitated art exercises with Sinead Dinneen and students from LSAD that allowed people to explore ideas around death”

say Moran Stritch, a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at LIT.

“We’re going to change our approach slightly for our spring café, in that it will be based on groups of people talking together. Other themes we’re going to explore in future Death Café events include food, music, funeral choices, afterlives, and multicultural aspects of death – I think there’s lots to talk about and consider for people.”

The April Death Café, which is open to anyone over 18 years of age, will be held in the downstairs area of Hook and Ladder and will allow for open conversation along with some informal activities and discussion.

This Death Café Limerick event takes place at the end of a day-long symposium on “Death, Disease and Design” organised by the ACADEMY research collective at Limerick School of Art and Design. The symposium, which is open to the public, will explore applications of creative arts to (ill) health, chronic illness and the end of life. Presenters include members of ACADEMY @ LSAD, Arts and Health (Tallaght Hospital), the Loss and Grief Research Group at LIT, The Irish World Academy at UL, Health Futures Lab, Design Factors @UL, and DesignCORE at IT Carlow. Contact Dr. Tracy Fahey at tracy.fahey@lit.ie for more information on the symposium.

The global Death Café movement began in 2010 and was inspired by Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz. Death Cafes create opportunities for people to meet in facilitated groups and talk informally about death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. Close to 3,000 different Death Café events have taken place worldwide in countries such as France, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the USA. Death Café Limerick is the first of its kind in the greater Munster region. ​

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