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Take me to the death cafe

We are living longer and talking about our final days more—as a new movement shows

By Sophie Elmhirst   February 2015

The town of Vissoie in the Swiss mountains, where Bernard Crettaz, creator of the "death cafe" movement, was born. © Photoshot

In the middle of the graveyard in Vissoie, a small town in the Swiss mountain valley of Anniviers, stands a grey stone cross. For years, the cross was the focus of a local competition among the town’s teenagers. The brief was simple: turn up at midnight, sit by…

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