Death Cafe

As a member of the Board of the Lapeer Land Conservancy, I wrote this article which appears in our Spring Newsletter.  The LLC would love to receive a donation of land specifically for the purpose of Green Burial.


  Permaculture is a way of thinking through processes from their inception to their decomposition. Environmentalists, careful about their food choices and carbon footprint, search for non-toxic products and pure pathways. How does the permaculture philosophy serve us when our human bodies deteriorate and die? What products and pathways are available? How and where do we want to leave our bodies? The Death Cafe will explore these and other issues.

The basic principles are
– Maintaining an open, respectful space where people can express their views on death safely.
– Strictly non-profit. Donations go to the Lapeer Land Conservancy which sponsors the event.
– No intention of leading people to a particular conclusion and no sale of items.
– Refreshing drinks and food are served.

The concept began in Switzerland in 2004 and has traveled worldwide It was started by Jon Underwood based on the work of Bernard Crettaz. Lizzy Miles offered the first Death Café in the USA. In Michigan, Merilynne Rush has been at the forefront, hosting meetings in Livonia and Ann Arbor.

The Lapeer Land Conservancy invites those with an interest in sharing experiences and ideas on this subject to come to a Death Café. The next one is Saturday July 23rd from 1-3pm. For more information, call Karen Page at 810-969-1023 or

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