Death Café at Copper Mountain College!

    October 17, 2013

    For the past several decades, the Perspectives on Death and Dying class taught at Copper Mountain College has been a part of many students’ educational experience.  A variety of visitors has enlivened the course: coroners, funeral directors, embalmers, florists, musicians, park rangers, hospice chaplains and volunteers, counselors, and even a psychic who communicates with the deceased.  The instructor, Cathy Itnyre, says she’s always on the look-out for opportunities to “bring death to life” for her students.

    In April 2013, the Los Angeles Times featured a front-page article about the Death Cafés run by a hospice social worker, Betsy Trapasso of Topanga Canyon.  Immediately, Itnyre contacted Ms. Trapasso to invite her to conduct a Death Café at the college—an opportunity for people to come together over cookies and tea to share ideas, fears, and understandings about death.

    Ms. Trapasso will give a brief presentation on the Death Café movement, and then will guide the audience in a discussion.  Itnyre stresses that the talk is open to the public, adding that former Death and Dying students who are still in the area would be especially welcome.

    Ms. Trapasso’s talk will be held in the Bell Center Community Room on Friday, October 25, at 5 p.m.

    For more information about this event or about Copper Mountain College please call 760-366-3791 or go to the website at

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