Death Cafe: How healthy conversations about mortality became a global, IRL phenomenon

Death is a difficult topic no matter how you slice it, but cultivating a healthier outlook on end-of-life issues can have profound effects on families when they encounter loss. That’s the mission of Death Cafe.

It’s a self-described “social franchise”—a set of ideals that can be replicated in small groups around the world. It’s not a support group, but a way to get people talking about death in a productive manner. After all, it’s a social and personal issue that everyone will face at some point in their lives.

The IRL groups have spread far and wide thanks to the power of the internet.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet content on stage) speak with Megan Mooney, an end-of-life and hospice care specialist who has hosted Death Cafes for more than six years. Mooney discusses the personal journey that led her to this work, and the power of both online and offline communities when it comes to coping with mortality. Also, cake!

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by The Podglomerate.

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.