Senior Center, Hospice of Piedmont Host 'Death Cafe' Discussion

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A group in Albemarle County spent Sunday afternoon talking about what is sometimes considered a taboo topic: death.

The Senior Center along with Hospice of the Piedmont hosted a “death cafe.” The event allowed dozens of people of all ages to discuss issues and feelings surrounding death.

A bereavement councilor says talking about death should not be frowned upon.

"We're a death-denying society and when you don't talk about it we found that there’s more suffering for both the living and the dying because people can’t prepare …  they can’t plan, they can’t understand what they're feeling, what their fears are," Rene Bond said.

Facilitators at each table helped with the discussion. The Senior Center tries to host a death cafe every six months.

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