Ever wondered what happens in a Death Cafe? It’s not as morbid or blood-curdling as you might think.

Belfast’s first Death Cafe takes place on Sunday April 10 from 2pm to 4pm in The Pantry at The Crescent Arts Centre.

It will be hosted by Lucy Beevor and Therese Kieran, who explained: “This is the first Death Cafe in Belfast and we really don’t know what to expect in terms of how many people will attend.

“We want to keep the afternoon informal and relaxed and invite you to come along and share as little or as much as you feel comfortable with about your thoughts and experiences around death and dying. If the event goes well we would like to repeat it.”

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Lucy and Therese are both fledgling writers and met two years ago across a desk on a writing course at Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Therese has worked for many years in design and Lucy in the charity sector.

They said: “We realised we both had a strong interest in death and dying, and yet we were both a little nervous of voicing our interest in public. Our mutual interest has developed into a writing project we are running called ‘The Death Box’ and initiating this event.”

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.

Death Cafes are always offered on a not for profit basis, in an accessible, respectful and confidential space, with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action, and alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!

Find out more about the Belfast Death Cafe here

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