The Weekend Documentary: Dying to Talk
BBC World Service, Sunday 23 April, 1400-1500 BST
Julian Keane visits the worldwide Death Cafés that are challenging people to open and share their thoughts and fears about dying. Dying to Talk airs as part of the BBC’s Life Stories season, which explores differing attitudes to death, companionship and rites of passage around the world.
There is only one thing in life that is certain – death. Many people believe that talking about death helps them to make more out of life. Thousands of Death Cafés have popped up in countries across the globe, challenging people to open up about the deceased and their own thoughts and fears about dying. Cafes are often oversubscribed with organisers having to turn away individuals from sell out events.
Julian Keane visits some of these Death Cafés to explore if a key part of life should be preparing for death. He hears how people across the world deal with death whilst they are living and examines if there is a real need for this conversation.
Julian also meets sociologist Bernard Crettaz. He began the concept of Café Mortel (Death Café) at an exhibition called 'La mort à vivre' (Death for life) in his Geneva museum. Bernard shares more about his work, the theories behind his Death Café and how he feels about the world embracing his concept.
An Audio Always Production for BBC World Service.