Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cake to die for (at Death Cafe Atlanta)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

You'd probably have to travel to Mexico for the Day of the Dead to find a cake this cool. It was on the snack table at the June meeting of Death Cafe Atlanta, held in Oakland Cemetery last Saturday.

The Atlanta group, open to everyone but requiring a reservation, is part of a national movement. Saturday's event was mentioned in a New York Times article, "Death Be Not Decaffeinated: Over Cup, Groups Face Taboo."

Among other reasons, I wanted to attend the event because of my brother's recent death. He spent the last year of his life cranking up his experience of pleasure, reuniting with old friends and drawing his two children closer to his heart.

The Death Cafe, as the Times article explains, is not a grief group per se. Attendees divide into small groups and the discussion is free ranging. Like many people, I had a profound, classic near-death experience many years ago and, real or not, it was the best antidepressant imaginable, explaining the great appeal of spirituality.

Do consider going to a cafe meeting if you have an interest in the subject. They are free but you'll need to watch the group's Facebook page for news of the next meeting - in August - and you can make reservations via Brown Paper Tickets.

Oh! That amazing cake, a vanilla sheet cake, was actually made by the Publix bakery. The Death Atlanta logo was designed by CL's own Wes Duvall.

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