All things death and dying: Health professional students participating in the death café model

Katie E. Nelson, Rebecca Wright, Martha Abshire, Patricia M. Davidson

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Death and dying remains a taboo topic in many social settings, and is underrepresented in health profession training. This report describes the use of the Death Café model as a forum for engaging students in discussion of death and dying with their peers and other health professionals. A Death Café is an opportunity for individuals to gather in an informal environment to exchange thoughts about issues associated with death, dying, loss, and illness. This report outlines the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of a Death Café event hosted at a nursing school as part of an academic health center. Twenty-four participants from five disciplines participated in discussions, reported positive experiences, and desired to learn more about issues surrounding death and dying. Findings from this event suggest that this approach may be useful for institutions seeking to provide additional learning opportunities for students and/or healthcare professionals on palliative and end-of-life care in a supportive and enabling context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)850-852
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of palliative medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2018



  • Death Café
  • death
  • education
  • nurses
  • palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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