Despite its morbid name, the Death Café that was held last week at Heart of the Campus was an excellent event. Attended by a great variety of people including students, staff and members of a range of organisations in Sheffield whose work is associated with end of life issues, the event offered a meaningful way to start the much-needed dialogue on the issue of death.
Initiated by St. Luke’s Hospice and the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, this event was vibrant, fun and interesting with a number of activities for people to take part in.
There were a range of workshops, games, stalls, a film by the celebrated photographer Rankin, and a play performed by Sheffield Hallam drama students on the subject of death. Members of the Student Wellbeing team went along to support the work and find out more, here is what they said:
Contrary to how it might sound, the Death Café was by no means a morbid or sombre affair; quite the opposite, it was friendly, inclusive, welcoming and varied. The event offered plenty of food for thought about dealing with the inevitability of death and dying in an open, sincere and remarkably positive way. The Death Café provided a space for both personal reflection and collaborative, supportive discussion. I found the performance element to be particularly powerful and thought provoking. Jozef Sen, Wellbeing Advisor
This was a fascinating event designed to generate thinking and discussion about the subject of death – something which will come to all of us but which so often gets pushed under the carpet. Death Café helped remove some of the taboo, and showed that talking about death is a perfectly natural thing to do. Ian Maher, Multifaith Chaplaincy Co-ordinator