Windy City Death Café


At a Death Café, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death.

Our objective is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”

A Death Café is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.

Guests have described their Death Café experiences as informative, engaging, reflective, comfortable, and fun!

Death Cafes are always offered:

  • On a not-for-profit basis
  • In an accessible, respectful, and confidential space
  • With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product, or course of action
  • Alongside tea & treats!

Death Café is a social franchise. The Death Café model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz.

Windy City Death Café meets quarterly at Ellis Therapy & Fitness in Prairie View/Lincolnshire. For details, or to search for Death Cafes in your area, please visit