Cycle of Life Red Hook Public Library hosts Death Café at Enchanted Cafe
(RED HOOK, NY) – Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Since no one wants to talk about the latter, and the former is difficult to discuss, Red Hook Public Library will host a Death Café at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, at The Enchanted Café on Broadway.
A Death Cafe is not meant to be informational, ideological, or provide bereavement support. It is simply a forum to promote free discussion, defying our cultural taboo against open acknowledgment of death. Discussion will kick off with an uplifting ice-breaker given by nurse Beverly Kipp, and proceed freely among small groups, coming together again near the end with a general sharing of discoveries. Participants often leave feeling enlightened and energized, and many groups continue to meet regularly.
The mission of the Death Cafe movement is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” The international program was founded by Jon Underwood based on the work of Bernard Crettaz. In the United States, Lizzy Miles was the first to offer a Death Cafe. The concept, described in detail at deathcafe.com, is to provide a respectful and open atmosphere in which people can talk casually about death.
This program is free and open to the public.
Red Hook Public Library has been serving the community of Red Hook and its need for lifelong learning since 1898. In 1935, the library made its home in a mid-nineteenth century octagonal building based on the designs of Orson Squire Fowler. In 2013 and 2014, it was designated a five-star library by Library Journal. The library was chosen as a finalist for the Best Small Library in America award, given by Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in 2015.