North East Wales

Gresford 'death cafe' helps people discuss end of life

Death cafe

A "death cafe" has attracted people from around north Wales to discuss issues surrounding the end of life.

The two-hour gathering at the Serendipity Cafe, Gresford, Wrexham, was aimed at breaking down barriers around what can be a taboo subject.

It was organised by two former nurses, who regularly helped people nearing the end of their lives in their careers.

While "death cafes" take place around the world, it is believed to be north Wales' first, with 20 people attending.

One of the organisers, Kim Patel, said she was unsure why there was such as stigma around the subject.

Her colleague, Denise Oliver, said she had seen some "good deaths" where families come together but also some where families did not want to express emotion until the person had died.

Lisa Hardy, who went to the cafe, said: "I think a lot of people are afraid of death, they're even afraid to talk about it, which is awful."

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