From left, Molly Brannon, Del Jones, Ted Reynolds and Kati Standefer discuss a questionnaire on their anxiety toward death during a recent Death Cafe meeting. The sessions are designed to explore a topic that often is avoided by many people, discussing dying and life in an open, friendly way.
De Vie Weinstock, right, chats with Del Jones, far left, and Ted Reynolds during one of the Death Cafe sessions. The gatherings are designed to help people approach a topic that often is avoided, discussing death in a safe, relaxed way, and learn something about compassion and their lives.
Interior view of Democratic National Convention in 1924 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The convention ran from June 24 to July 9, 1924, with a record 103 ballots tonominate a presidential candidate. John W. Davis won the party's nomination beating the front runner Al Smith. (AP Photo)
Here is a general view of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, June 27, 1932 as Sen. Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky delivered his keynote address. (AP Photo)
State banners massed about the speaker's stand at the Democratic National Convention in a demonstration following the nomination of Gov. Alfred E. Smith of New York as the party standard bearer for 1928. (AP Photo)
Jevon Grudup of the University of Missouri is consoled by former athletic director Dan Devine after he fouled out during their 92-72 loss to the University of Arizona at the NCAA West Regional Finals at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, on Saturday, March 26, 1994. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)