Tucson Death Cafe on March 2 (new day, new time, same place)



Newly re-started Tucson Death Cafe has changed meeting day/time to first Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., but still at Bookman’s on Grant, 1930 E. Grant Rd.  (SE corner of Campbell Ave.) They started meeting there monthly in January, 2016 and is being hosted by Isabel Amorous, who has done work in this field of death & dying. You can contact her at isabeldeathcafe@gmail.com, 520-261-7003.

I attended the February Death Cafe and was surprised at the varied reasons why people attended: curious about death, grieving (or not) over death of spouse, parent, child, friend; interested in funeral services & choirs; hoping to promote death cafes to the deaf community; dealing with mortality and aging, etc. There were about 20 people in attendance, and even “snow birds” visiting from the cold Midwest. Last time people brought light refreshments as well.

It is advertised as being “fearless and friendly” and it is just that — a safe place to talk about your feelings about Death, mostly a taboo subject in our culture.

RSVP via facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1537170799914531/

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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).