A Safe Place for Talking about Death

Jul 24, 2014

  Sooner or later, everyone is going to die, yet few of us are comfortable talking about that. Death Cafes are a forum where those conversations can and do happen, and anyone who wants to join in is welcome.

Linda Siniard (L) and Cynthia Sumner (R) are local hosts for discussions about death in Sonoma County.

Mortality is a serious subject, but Linda Sinaird says that doesn’t mean the Death Café conservations are always hushed and somber.

There is a reticence to talk about death and dying in most western cultures, which is counter-intuitive, suggests Cynthia Sumner, as it is something everyone must deal with at some point—usually first involving others.

The next Santa Rosa Death Cafe will be held on Saturday, July 26. Details here. Cynthia Sumner will host the next Death Salon in Santa Rosa on August 19. Find out more here.