I am posting a short paper I found and was wondering if nurses should be a part of death cafes. Why or Why not?
"Death cafes," a trend that started in England, is spreading across the USA.
- Death cafes are casual get-togethers
- Social workers and chaplains host the meetings
- Internet is spreading awareness of the gatherings
No one wants to talk about death at the dinner table, at a soccer game or at a party, says Lizzy Miles, a social worker in Columbus, Ohio.
But sometimes people need to talk about the "taboo" topic and when that happens, they might not be able to find someone who will listen, she says. "Whenever people hear I'm a hospice worker, they talk to me about death. It doesn't matter if I'm on an airplane, gambling in Las Vegas, or in a grocery store line. I really see firsthand the need to let people talk. It's my gift to others."
Her gift sparked the birth of "death cafes" in the USA, a trend that started in England, is spreading across the USA and is about to take off, she says.
The casual get-togethers are held at coffee shops, restaurants, and March 30 in Atlanta, at the historic Oakland Cemetery. Hosts are social workers and chaplains-no professional association, philosophy or religion sponsors them, and no one tries to sell anything like coffins or funeral plots.
The concept is really very simple and civilized.
"They're a place to talk about the issues surrounding death while drinking tea and eating delicious cake,'' says Miles, 42.....
Apr 7, '13
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
Death cafes' normalize a difficult, not morbid, topic - USA Today
..Each cafe is different, but talk can center on advance directive planning, physician-assisted dying, funeral arrangements and what happens after death...
Article labeled with a provocative title 'death cafe" = coffee clatch + information meeting to discuss death and dying topics, living wills. These are conversation sessions that have been held throughout the US for years, many times sponsored by hospice, palliative care, senior citizen groups and health care systems.
I participated in many End of Life education sessions as RN in the 90's when I worked in health system affiliated Hospice program held at fire stations, VFW post, area restaurant, senior center.
"Seeking authenticity" I interpreted as being given accurate, true information regarding above topics. Perfectly acceptable for RN participation in these cafe's.
So much better to have advanced planning on what a person desires for there final wishes when dying than to make a decision when emotions are high, partially hearing what is being said due to adrenaline running in an ER/ICU setting.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Apr 7, '13