Welcome to Death Cafe St. Croix Valley! What is a Death Cafe? A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. We believe the more comfortable we can be with talking about the end of life, the more we can live in the present moment.
We gather monthly to have a frank conversation about a difficult subject in a brave space. An organic discussion is supported by lead facilitators and if the group gets stuck on what to talk about, we provide helpful prompts, such as "What was your first experience with death?", "What would your best death look like", etc. And while the topic of death can be heavy, we make every effort to leave the discussion feeling hopeful, and even leaving space for a bit of humor!
Selena is founder and lead facilitator for Death Cafe St. Croix Valley. She works as a community health & well-being educator and is trained in integrative wellness and mindfulness practices. Selena has previous experience as a hospice volunteer as well as in hospice leadership. She has completed the Sacred Art of Living and Dying series and holds a Grief Support Specialist Certificate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Christy is a Public Health Nurse with experience working with people of all ages. She has experienced many personal losses, which has sparked in interest in her to learn more about death and dying, and to help support others through conversations about the end of life.