HHA SPOONIE DEATH CAFES:
FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, CHRONIC PAIN & ILLNESS
SATURDAYS: June 19 I August 21 I October 16 I December 11
3:00 to 4:30 pm EST
WHAT IS A DEATH CAFE?
A Death Café is an open-forum discussion about dying, death, loss and grief - with the goal of 'helping people make the most of their finite lives.' Death Cafés are not support groups. Death Café discussions are traditionally accompanied
A 'Spoonie' is anybody who identifies as part of the community of persons living with disabilities or chronic pain and illness. The term of endearment, assumed by members of this community, comes from the 'Spoon Theory': a theory that uses "spoons to provide a visual representation of units of energy that a person might have and how chronic illness forces [them] to plan out [their] days and actions in advance, so as not to run out of energy, or spoons, before the end of the day."
WHO/WHAT IS A 'SPOONIE'?
WHY A SPOONIE DEATH CAFE?
Home Hospice Association's first Death Café Program Director, Kayla Moryoussef, who is the facilitator of the Spoonie Death Cafés, is a Spoonie herself - and quickly identified that this community that she belongs to is one that faces their mortality differently, and daily. This motivated Home Hospice Association to see to it that we held space for these dialogues surrounding the unique experiences, thoughts, and feelings around mortality and loss for those with disabilities and chronic illness.