Monday, 14 January 2013

Filming Death Café - Feb. 2013 in London

Filming Death Café
A Student Project for the University of Bournemouth

2.30pm – 5pm
Sunday 3rd February
London NW2 6AA
(near Willesden Green underground station)


Are you willing to take part in a Death Café that will be filmed as part of a University student project?
Sophie Marsden, is a student of Journalism at Bournemouth University completing a multi-media project exploring societies changing attitudes towards death. She hopes that by filming a death café she will be able to capture the welcoming ambiance that breaks the taboo of talking about death and inform others of this fascinating experience.

The footage will be observational in nature and feature alongside other elements such as, reviews of artwork challenging attitudes towards death, and inspiring interviews with those in the funeral industry.

Come and join us for a free flowing conversation around the topic of dying, death and bereavement. Whilst sitting comfortably in a relaxed setting, drink tea and eat delicious cake or sandwiches and enjoy an open and respectful space for discussion, free of discrimination where people can express their views safely. 
The event will be hosted by Josefine Speyer, a psychotherapist and co-founder of the Natural Death Centre (

To be invited to participate, please email Josefine at with  this information:
Send your name/s and phone number and how you heard about the event .
Please tells us a little about yourself, and your intereest in Death Cafe.
Let us know  if you have been to a Death Café before.

To take part  in this filmed event  you wil need to sign a consent form upon arrival, which will give your permission for the footage to be exhibited as part of an online blog. 


  1. Notes from Sophie about her Dying to Talk project
    Dying to Talk is a multi-media project exploring societies changing attitudes towards death and dying through informative, audio, video and written features.

    Showcasing events such as death cafe, it explores how people around us are participating in free-flowing conversations about a subject that is often considered taboo.

    The filming of the death café hopes to capture footage in an unobtrusive way, the camera will be an observing tool in order to showcase the welcoming ambiance and the free-flowing conversations in their natural environment.

    If anyone is happy and willing to share their opinions and feelings about death and dying or the reasons why they attend death café’s in a personal interview, that would also be fantastic and time will be set aside for that after the event. Please let us know when booking, if you are happy to be interviewed.

    Other content will reveal the experiences of a hospice nurse and funeral photographers, revealing how their professions have changed both their attitudes and approach towards death and dying and has helped them appreciate life.

    Video content will also investigate the importance of a funeral to the grieving process with key interviews with those who help to arrange our final farewell.
    Extra content will provide in-depth reviews and information on events that help to naturalise and publicise death and dying through interesting artwork.

    As the project is multi-media in nature it will be published on an online blog dedicated to exploring the topic both sensitively and informatively throughout the month of March.

    Find me on Twitter: @dyingtotalk

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    1. Please note we are now fully booked!

  3. Dear Sophie,

    I've attended an Oxford Death Cafe and I'm keen to promote the movement. Unfortunately I'm an Exeter- based GP and cannot make London at short notice.

    Let me know if you want support with setting up an Exeter event.


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