Monday, 26 August 2013

Announcing the first Death Café in Southbury Connecticut with Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz

Tues. Oct 1 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Jewish Federation of Western CT
444 Main St. North, Southbury CT 06488
203-267-3177 x334

In recent months it has become increasingly clear that many people seek a safe, nurturing place and community in which to discuss their interest and concerns surrounding death. Enter the Death Café, founded by Jon Underwood in the UK based on the work of Bernard Crettaz of Switzerland. The first Death Café in the US was hosted by Lizzy Miles in Columbus, Ohio in 2012. Since then these pop up one time groups have been offered in cities across the US. Its goal is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. And have something yummy to eat.

Death Café does not promote any religion, value system, or product. It is free to participants. A facilitator will ensure that it is a safe environment. And there will be something tasty to nourish the body while we talk.

Coordinator/Facilitator Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz is the Chaplain for Brownstein Jewish Family Service. She is an ordained Rabbi and has completed one level of Clinical Pastoral Education. She has served as a Jewish Chaplain, Interfaith Chaplain, and pulpit rabbi. In her work she has discovered that often, people arrive at death’s door without benefit of having considered it in life, talked about it with family, or formulated a ‘wish list’. She is very excited about the opportunity to present a Death Café so that those who are seeking may enter.

Attendance is free and open to all but please pre-register. Contact Rabbi Dana Bogatz at 203-267-3177 x334.

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