The Conversation Project

A New Place to Talk About Death: A Cafe

Posted on 06/12/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWanna talk about death? It seems that a lot of people do. Death cafes are popping up around the country, with more than 60 so far. You will be hearing a lot more about them. (I swear on my life.) Look, even USAToday has written about them! At these Cafes, the conversation is about … death: Our fear of it, how we prepare for our own, what we think happens after it’s over, near-death experiences, grieving rituals and funerals. The biggest …

Can We Talk? The Conversation Project

Posted on 08/15/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingDying may be taking a turn for the better. People, it seems, are beginning to talk about end-of-life issues before the end. Surveys show that 70% of people want to die at home, yet 70% die in hospitals or nursing homes. Who would want that to happen to them, their spouse, parent or friend? Or anyone? One person who certainly doesn’t is former syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman. Over the past two years, Goodman and others — clergy, physicians, journalists, caregivers, …