Death and grief are a natural part of life, but talking about it doesn’t come as naturally.
That’s why the Nightingale Centre is launching their first-ever conversation cafe series this month, offering grieving community members the chance to hear from and connect with people who have experienced loss.
Hosted alongside community partners, the Forever Changed Conversation Cafe Series will kick off Sept. 19 at the Guelph Public Library East Branch from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will carry on once a month until April.
Each month, two to three people with lived experience will open the conversation by sharing their story, and inviting others to do the same.
It’s a chance to talk about the impact your loved one has had on your life, and to hear from and connect with people who have a similar lived experience, learning how they found support and how they manage their grief.
Every cafe will have a different focus, from pregnancy and infant loss to death by overdose, the death of a parent and preparing for the holidays.
Sept. 19 will focus on death by suicide.
The events are free to attend, but registration is required. You can learn more or register for a session here.