Valley Junction Death Cafe

Hosted by Young Bereavement Professionals Group


Sept. 9, 2015

Start time:

7:00 p.m. (Central)

End time:

8:30 p.m. (Central)


117 5th St

West Des Moines



United States


Free! Drinks and food available for purchase.

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About this Death Cafe

The Young Bereavement Professionals Group is excited to host our first Death Cafe in September!  We will be meeting at Inspired Grounds, right outside the large meeting space.

Please join us for an open discussion about anything related to death!  We'll have two questions when you arrive: What is your name, and why did you join us tonight?  From there, we'll give everyone a chance to speak and hear others!

Delicious drinks and desserts will be available for purchase from Inspired Grounds.

About Young Bereavement Professionals Group

Anne Alesch has been engaged in full-time ministry for over three years. She began her career as a chaplain resident for UnityPoint Hospital, and she is now the bereavement coordinator for UnityPoint Hospice. Her favorite part of Death Café is hearing the diversity of stories and questions from everyone that attends!


Buffy Peters started her career of working with grieving people as an avid volunteer with Amanda the Panda and in August 2014 she started as the coordinator of Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss. One of the things she enjoys most about the Death Café is having a safe place where people can openly discuss anything they want regarding death.


Carmen Elliott has been working and volunteering with grieving families for over seven years with Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center, The Ulman Cancer Fund, and Hospice.  Her favorite part of Death Cafe is not knowing where the conversation will go!


Carrie Bauer has worked in the death, dying, and bereavement field for almost nine years, where she has worked in hospice and has been the Director of Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss since December 2012. Her favorite part of Death Café is creating a space in the community to talk openly about death and grief.


Heidi Larson is somewhat new to the field of ministry and bereavement. She was most recently a chaplain resident with UnityPoint Health Des Moines, and she recently began working as a bereavement coordinator for UnityPoint Hospice. This is her first Death Café, and she is excited to discover and learn along with everyone else new to this event.


Patrick Schrodt has worked in social services and healthcare since 2002. He currently works as a counselor for survivors of trauma.  He looks forward to hearing what everyone brings to the event's discussion around death. Everyone has a unique perspective and experience.

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