Tucson Death Cafe on Halloween



Nothing to do on Halloween/Octotber 31st? Tired of trick or treating?

Drop by spooky Himmel Park library, where the librarians all dress up in costume (or do they?) to talk about our friend Death. Be scared.

Next Tucson Death Cafe on Pearl Harbor Day anniversary.

Happy Halloween.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. 13 living people there at the Death Cafe tonight, including a mysterious person in black, portraying Death in a calavera mask. Topics covered were about dying with dignity, your immortality, loss of control when you are dying, the upcoming Day of the Dead/All Souls Procession, pet deaths & cemetery, deaths of friends & loved ones, a dream of a friend’s death, Elder Circles, isolation when you age and Solo Seniors. Fitting to have this cafe on Halloween, many came in costume including Isabel as a witch, a young bride, etc. And Death watched over them all, listening to the conversation. Happy Halloween. Next Tucson Death Cafe on December 7, 2016. Organizer Isabel is considering a move to the Ward 6 Council office thereafter.

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