David Allen, 51, said if no one ever died, everyone would be "tired." Allen, a former intensive care nurse, who lives in Lake Walker, runs Breathwork Works, an organization that teaches breathing as a way to relax and increase personal awareness.

Some subjects were a little touchy, like a discussion of whether to prolong a dying person's life?

"Just because you can doesn't mean you should," Allen said.

"Do we have to talk about that?" asked Beth Lopez, 59, of Radnor-Winston, a social worker in the cancer outpatient center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore.

The talk turned to whether people would want to have an open or closed casket when they die.

"If I don't see (the body), there's no closure," Allen said.

Others, like Lopez, said they would prefer cremation.

For some, religion did not play a big role in the discussions.

"I like to focus my energy while I'm living," Lopez said. "I don't think about the hereafter too much."

There were dark discussions about whether people fantasize about murder and how they would change their lives if they knew how they would die.

"If your goal is to have a wife and four kids, you might want to get the wife and four kids before whatever is going to happen to you happens," said Lee Savoy, 51, who lives near Good Samaritan Hospital.

One question drew a unanimous answer, when Brown and Sirani asked the audience to raise their hands if they would like to have another Death Cafe.

Every hand went up.