In 2014, when I started Love Your Life to Death I had no idea what I was doing!
So I reached out to people who were creating a culture of change around death
and diffusing the fear. One of those people was Jon Underwood, who started the Death Café movement in 2011. I thought to myself, “What the heck is a Death Café?
So I read up on it, was intrigued and realized, it was amazing!
A Death Café is a group directed discussion about death, with no agenda, objectives
or themes. They are also respectful and inclusive. The purpose is to increase awareness
of death with a view on making the most of our finite lives. And eat cake too!
Jon gave up his job and he gave his heart and soul and was so passionate starting this movement. There have now been Death Cafes in over 50 countries and more than 10,000 people have gathered to discuss death so they could live their lives fully. I’ve hosted a few Death Cafes myself and they were incredible with inspiring and empowering conversations.
So it is with a heavy heart, I share that Jon Underwood died in June 2017 at the age of 44.
I was stunned and shed many tears. He leaves behind a beautiful wife and two young children. The Death Café legacy will live on forever and continue to help so many people.
I take this opportunity to say thank you to Jon, for starting this incredible movement.
My book, Love Your Life to Death is a resource on the Death Café website.
I am proudly going to donate $5.00 per book ordered from this site/my website,
to help the Death Café movement carry on. They have also started a fundraiser for his family.
Jon left his job and used his savings to bring this to the world. This is a great way to give back.
I’m going to do my part. I encourage everyone to check out the website and even to host
your own Death Café. It’s just a conversation with coffee, tea and cake!
Thank you, Jon Underwood, for your selfless gift. I send love to your family, friends
and following. I promise to continue to do everything I can to bring death out of the
darkness and into our conversations and to diffuse the fear.
You have left a legacy of love and I will be forever grateful.
Yvonne Heath is a Canadian leader, Inspirational Speaker, Blogger, Television Host, Author and Creator of the #IJustShowedUp campaign.