The Death Cafe movement has a few ground rules. Meetings are confidential and not for profit. People must respect one another’s disparate beliefs and avoid proselytizing. And tea and cake play an important role.
‘I realized if I did this in isolation I wasn’t going to succeed,’ he said. ‘So, I thought if I created a community then I could find people that would be able to teach me and I’d have a lot more success.’
I have one young man who has decided after a year that I’m his mentor. He shares with me what he’s doing and tells me how well he’s done. And he still goes to the meetings.
‘We have run Meetup events monthly for the last three months and we had 150 people show up every time…Traction is not only from the journalists and the blogs. It’s from the real people who feel that something big is beginning to happen.’
‘I feel so lucky … I’m following my passion. I’m meeting new friends and supporting museums, which I love.’
The group is a lifeline for many living here.
‘I was in a similar group in Los Angeles and I knew when I moved to Iowa that it was going to be one of the top things I missed,’ says Patel of Solon. ‘If you find something that makes you happy, like knitting … stick with it and surround yourself with like-minded people.’
People think board games are only for children or geeks and rocket scientists. Truth is anyone can get hooked.
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