Conversation Project: Talking about Aging and End of Life
Sundays, Jan 14, 21, 28
Do you know what your loved one’s end-of-life wishes are?
Do your loved ones know what your end-of-life wishes are?
82% of Americans say that it’s important to put end-of-life wishes in writing, but only 23% actually have done it. An even smaller percent have actually spoken with their family about their wishes. Unless your family knows what you want, they are left with the distress of guessing how to best care for you. Starting the conversation is never easy – no one wants to sound gloomy or to upset ourselves or others, but families and health care professionals report that it is a relief when the subject of how we want the end of our life to look is brought into the open and our choices can be honored because of careful forethought and conversation.
The Conversation Project in Boulder County, formed in 2013, is based on the nationally-acclaimed work of Boston
Globe columnist and author, Ellen Goodman. Her project took root after she had the experience of guiding her dying mother’s care. Unfortunately, they had never broached this delicate subject and Ellen found herself adrift, not knowing what her mother’s end-of-life care wishes would be.
The Conversation Project works to transform how we talk about dying in America. Their mission is to ensure that everyone’s wishes for end of life care are expressed and respected. Fran Myers, Consultant for Faith Initiatives with the Conversation Project, will join us and facilitate this class and conversation. One tool for our conversation that will be provided for each participant is “The Conversation Starter Kit.” This Starter Kit doesn’t answer every question, but it will help us get our thoughts together for a conversation with our loved ones. The Conversation Starter Kit can be used whether we are getting ready to tell someone else what we want, or we want to help someone else get ready to share their wishes.
We invite and encourage you to join us for this important conversation.