'That's Life (& Death) Cafe' hopes to start conversation about mortality Submitted: 04/16/2015
Story By Jeanine Ilacqua

'That's Life (& Death) Cafe' hopes to start conversation about mortality
MINOCQUA - Talking about death can be difficult for anybody. But one local home care center wants to start the conversation about life, death, and embracing our mortality.

Dr. Kate Hospice in Arbor Vitae started the "That's Life (& Death) Cafe" to encourage those conversations.

"We really just want to hear people's opinions about how they view their own mortality," said Jennifer LaPorte, the Bereavement Coordinator and Chaplain for Dr. Kate Hospice. "You can learn a lot about death from the experiences that you have. We often say that there can be so much life in death."

LaPorte says it's important to plan for death the way we plan for birth, marriage, and other big events in our lives. You should acknowledge your dreams, fears, and hopes.

This type of discussion is especially important in the Northwoods.

"We have a large aging population," LaPorte said, "and we are only getting older and living longer. So we want to talk about how life can be enriching and meaningful at the end."

The first meeting of the That's Life (& Death) Cafe will be held Thursday, April 16, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Minocqua Public Library. The group will also meet in May and June. You can call Randi at 715-356-8805 for more information.

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