The volume of voices at the Vienna Café on January 21 was elevated — though it was not caffeine fuelling the energy of the guests — as the Nelson Death Café had convened for its second event.
Host John Vanden Heuvel organized this evening and about 40 people attended.
Small groups gathered at tables, as the host had printed questions and topics, which helped launch the conversation into a flight of ideas and opinions.
Dignity, a happy life, and changes people wished for were among subjects entertained, wrestled with, and subjected to searching inquiry.
No one left the café early suffering from boredom.
Literary insights and poetic expressions on the theme of death, life, and meaning were read to the audience, and all had an opportunity to share thoughts with the room.
Although the topic of conversation was death, that did not detract from the delight of this evening as a chance to make new friends.
The next Death Café will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at the Vienna Café on Kootenay Street. A maximum of 45 guests will be admitted and the event is already full. The cost is $5. For more contact firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/groups/Nelsondeathcafe.