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Reasonable discourse

Barbara Simpson from Grand Army Plaza says:
Death Cafe
We are going to start a Death Cafe at our home. They began in England and have really taken off.
Dining, drinks and discussions about death
Each Death Café meeting is uniquely styled, though there are a few common elements.
Death Cafés may be held in a public area, such as an actual café or restaurant. Other times, people may gather at a person's home, or a local community center. A facilitator plans different activities and leads discussions. Also, true to the café concept, refreshments are a key component in these gatherings.
Most importantly, participants are held to a standard of discussion that is both understanding and tolerant of different religious and spiritual beliefs. Judgment has no place in a Death Café.
But there the similarities end. Each gathering has a flexible schedule, or a set of loose guidelines meant to ease the flow of conversation.
One gathering may see participants breaking up into small groups to tackle loaded questions such as, "How do you want to be remembered?" (Learn how an ethical will or legacy letter can help you pass on your values and beliefs to the next generation.)
At another get-together, members take a "Death Anxiety Quiz" individually and then come together to share and compare results.
Sept. 2, 2013, 12:33 pm
Alive from Brooklyn says:
"Judgment has no place in a Death Café."

Why not? Please explain your rationale here.
Sept. 2, 2013, 2:30 pm
Columbus Death Cafe from ohio says:
The fewer activities the better. Really, it should be an open discussion with the choice of topics driven by the attendees.
Sept. 2, 2013, 8:17 pm
Alive from Brooklyn says:
How is this different from an Ethical Culture meeting?
Sept. 3, 2013, 6:12 am

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