‘Death Cafe’ to open in Colne

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A Pendle embalmer is among those who will be opening Lancashire’s first “death cafe” this month.

Geoff Cheesman, from Accrington, will be working with other industry professionals to launch the unique event at The Green Chimney, in Albert Road, Colne.

Taking place on Tuesday, November 26th, from 7pm, the cafe is part of a movement that encourages open discussion on life, death and dying in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Mr Cheesman (53) said: “I came across the idea of the death cafe on the internet, and I thought it was such an interesting movement that they had set up. It is a niche thing and a little bit unusual.

“It is taking the taboo away from death and making people feel at ease talking about it, in a situation involving drinking tea and eating cake.

“I am looking forward to moving it forward. Because it is a new thing I am a little bit anxious as well.”

Colne’s death cafe is officially affiliated to deathcafe.com

The first cafe was set up in Hackney by Jon Underwood in 2011, having been based on the ideas of Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz.

Flyers are set to be distributed soon. For more information ring Mr Cheesman on 07776125807 or email Geoff.cheesy@gmail.com