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The subjects of death, loss and grief are often taboo topics in our society. The Chula Vista Public Library at 365 F Street will host “Death Café,” a discussion event, on Tuesday, June 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. The program is free of charge, and reservations are required at or Led by writer Suzanne Romo and educator Deidra Springer, the event is an opportunity for attendees to look at death and demystify it.

Death Cafés are based on the work of sociologist Bernard Crettaz, who started similar discussion gatherings in Switzerland in 2004. The programs have grown into a global social movement whose mission is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives.

“Death Cafés are attended by individuals who are searching to understand more about living life by understanding death,” says Romo. “They are lively, interesting conversations in a safe environment.”

Romo gained an intimate understanding of death following the loss of five people close to her in one year. “I feel that it’s important for us to demystify death. By doing this, we can learn to squeeze every drop of life out of the time given to us,” she adds.

More information on Death Cafes is available at

Posted: June 10, 2014

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