No one wants to talk about death at the dinner table, at a soccer game or at a party, said Lizzy Miles, a hospice worker in Columbus, Ohio, who says that whenever people learn about where she works they're eager to talk about death. "Death cafes" started in England (www.deathcafe.com) and are taking off in the U.S. The casual get-togethers are held at coffee shops, restaurants and recently at the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Hosts are social workers and chaplains. The concept is simple and civilized. "They're a place to talk about the issues surrounding death while drinking tea and eating delicious cake," Miles said.
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