Online Death Café at the West Tisbury library

Heather Massey, left, Falmouth-based funeral consumer advocate and death educator, with Joyce Maxner, who helped bring Death Cafe to the Island. — Amelia Smith

On Sunday, Jan. 31, at 4 pm, the West Tisbury library presents a virtual Death Café via Zoom. This event will be hosted by Heather Massey, facilitator and co-founder of Massachusetts’ first Death Cafe.

According to a press release from the library, this gathering provides a comfortable atmosphere in which to “share a respectful, thought-provoking, and life-affirming conversation on the topics of death, dying, and bereavement.” The objective is to increase awareness with a view to lessening the fear of death while enhancing life.

This will be a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes, nor affiliated religious organization, the release says. Traditionally, cake is served at in-person Death Cafés, so participants are welcome to join this online event with a sweet treat and a cup of their favorite tea. This event is free and open to the public.

Contact the West Tisbury library to join by emailing