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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John and District Palliative Care Society has plans for its second Death Cafe.

According to the society’s website, a Death Cafe is an event where people can come together to talk about death and its role in life without the confines of an agenda. It is not meant to be therapy but a place to talk. 

The society is looking to have the second cafe at the North Peace Cultural Centre on November 17th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Norbert Kaspar of the palliative care society said the role of the cafes is to bring light to a subject many people find difficult to face. 

 “A Death Cafe is meant to be a discussion,” said Kaspar.

The first Death Cafe was held at Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe in June 2022. In a post on the Death Cafe website after the fact, Kaspar said the cafe had a small but successful turnout with 11 participants. 

He said the conversations were focused but diverse on how death had touched the participants’ lives. 

“[A]s is to be expected when addressing such a complex topic.”

For more information on the Palliative Care Society, visit their website.

For more information on the Death Cafe, email the society at  fsjpcs@shaw.ca or call 250-787-2814.

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Katherine Caddel is a recent graduate of Laurentian University's English Media and Rhetoric program. They grew up in Northern Ontario and recently decided to make the North Peace their new home. When not at work, Katherine enjoys horror movies, playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons.