A Dispatch From a Boulder Death Cafe


Since September 2011, small groups of people across the world have gathered over tea and cake to discuss mortality. I went to one in Boulder to learn how COVID-19 and the King Soopers shooting are impacting those conversations.


The Boulder Death Cafe doesn’t have many rules. You can ask any question. You can also refuse to answer any question. If someone’s words move you, you place a hand over your heart. That’s a new, Zoom-era rule, put in place to help participants communicate without battling their mute buttons.

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