Before the 20th century the experience of death was part of everyday life. Most medical care including terminal care occurred at home. Since the advent of large hospitals the experience has become more like a medical procedure shrouded in secrecy. This has had the adverse effect of making discussion of topics surrounding death one that many people are unaccustomed to and uncomfortable with.
In 2010, a movement began in England to openly discuss topics pertaining to death in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere. They are called “Death Café’s.” People are invited to gather and share their thoughts, concerns and stories in a free-ranging conversation while sharing coffee or tea and, as is the custom, Cake. The movement has grown to over 20 countries and there have been hundreds in the U.S.
This service will delve into our own reluctance to face and discuss our own mortality and lessons learned about embracing life from those who are facing imminent death. It will offer options for how to involve the one’s you love into the plan for your own end-of-life.
Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available during both services.