Death Café is coming to East Cobb on Saturday, November 2nd from 3-5pm at the historic Campground Cemetery on Roswell Road, and you are invited to attend! What in the world is a Death Café, you ask? The first time I heard about a Death Café in Atlanta, I was dumbfounded yet intrigued at the same time. Why would anyone spend time talking about such a distasteful topic with strangers while eating cake and overlooking the historic Oakland Cemetery? I talked to my wife, Linda. Curiosity got the best of us, so we went. To our great surprise, the experience was utterly positive and life-affirming, and it helped us prepare for inevitable grief and loss. The conversation was though-provoking and the cake was great!

“Death Café” is a world-wide movement that began in Europe and spread to North America in 2012. There are now nearly 10,000 meetings held in over 65 countries. Mark LaRocca-Pitts, who inaugurated Death Café Atlanta, is about to hold his 58th monthly meeting in Atlanta, and he has graciously offered to inaugurate this first East Cobb venture.

A Death Café is designed to provide a safe and comfortable setting for people to talk about death while drinking tea and coffee and eating cake. The only objective is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” There is no intention of leading participants to any particular belief, conclusion or course of action. Instead, a Death Café provides an open, respectful, and confidential space free of discrimination where people can express and explore their understanding of death. As Andy Webster, a hospice chaplain, once said, “the most alive people I’ve ever met are those who embrace their [inevitable] death. They love, laugh, and live more fully.” Death Café East Cobb is a “social franchise” of Death Café ( Check it out!

The organizers are requesting those interested to register so they can plan accordingly. For reservations and/or free tickets, go to Contact, Bob Bonstein, at for more information. See you on November 2nd!

This article  originally appeared in our October issue, on page 14. Click here to view our digital edition.