Hawkesbury opens first Death Café

some, it was difficult and, for others, it is just part of the circle of life. “We stumbled upon this idea, and decided to put it into our pro- gram”, explained Paula Assaly, president of Le Chenail. “This discussion has touched us all. Tomorrow, you will discuss this with others and so the conversation will con- tinue.” The Café started in September 2011 in the home of Jon Underwood, founder of the Café, in Hackney, East London, in the UK. To date, there have been more than 1,300 Death Cafés held in North America, Europe and Australia. The objective of the Café is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives.“ Underwood, along with Sue Barskey, created a guide to running a Death Café for people who wanted to hold one of their own. The Death Café is non-profit and is completely run by volunteers. The idea is to discuss death and all its implications over a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. Several Death Cafés are popping up all over, from Argentina to the U.S. The last taboo Quebec radio host and former mayor of Huntington Stéphane Gendron was at the event with a film crew documenting the occasion. “Death is the last taboo,” said Gen- dron. “Since we decided to dump religion in this country, we just don’t talk about it. We are not equipped that well to deal with death. We talk about everything else, but not death.” Attraction Images from Mont- real was at the event filming a documentary about the journey of grief and acceptance that Stéphane Gendron has embarked on since the death of his son in 2000. “We are hoping to air the film within two years on Canal D,” said Eric Blouin, director of the documentary. “Stéphane had some sad ex- periences in his past. He would like to live a little healthier with this life.” More information is available at www.


HAWKESBURY | What better way to spend a Friday evening than to talk about death? A group of approximately a dozen people did just that at the first Death Café in Hawkesbury, held at Le Chenail.“It’s a pilot project,” said Lynda Clouette-McKay, gen- eral manager at Le Chenail. “I heard about a Death Café in Montreal and thought we should have one in Hawkesbury. When I looked into it, I found out it was happen- ing all over the world.” The Hawkesbury group gathered to dis- cuss death, loved ones who had passed, and how they are coping with it all. For

The Death Café is all about sharing experiences, strength and hope in regards to death, over a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. This cake was made by Sylvie Lavoie- Cyr, of Hawkesbury.


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Stéphane Gendron, radio host and former mayor of Huntington, Quebec, was at the Death Café along with a film crew creating a documentary on Gendron.

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