Friday, 22 March 2013

Missouri’s First Death Café! with Megan Mooney and Ashley Gage

April 10th from 7 - 9 pm
We invite you to join Missouri’s first Public Death Café in St. Joseph, Missouri at Café Pony Espresso located at 114 South 8th Street. The location is downtown, next to Foster’s. 

This is a free event and we will be providing tea, coffee, and cupcakes! Please RSVP to Megan at mooneymj @ health . missouri . edu, so that we can obtain an accurate estimate for attendance.

Megan Mooney is a social worker and will be graduating from the University of Missouri this May with her Masters in Social Work. She works for the University of Missouri as a Research Specialist on the ACTIVE Study, a research study focused on hospice caregivers, and is a part-time social worker at the Heartland Health emergency department. Megan’s interest in hosting a Death Café stem from her own experiences surrounding death, her research in end of life, and her experiences as a medical social worker in the emergency department. Megan wants to open up the conversation about death, thereby reducing the taboo surrounding death conversations. She believes that if people are more educated about end-of-life decisions, we can promote a better quality of life for people and their caregivers.

Ashley Gage, MSW, is currently a Senior Research Specialist on the ACTIVE study and a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri School of Social Work. As a social worker, she is compelled to advocate for positive social change and the death café aligns with this principle. Therefore, her intent to introduce the death café to Missourians offers a chance to provide a real world solution to the challenge of discussing life’s most certain aspect: death.

Megan and Ashley will be hosting the very first Death Café in Missouri on March 25th, 2013 for the Hands of Hope Hospice Staff. Then, they will host their first public Death Café on April 10th from 7p.m.-9p.m. at Cafe Pony Espresso in St. Joseph, Missouri. We look forward to interacting with all of you and to hosting numerous Death Cafes throughout St. Joseph, Missouri.

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