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The Conversation Project

5 Movies to Jumpstart Your End-of-Life Conversations

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Once we figure out how we feel about our own death and dying, the next step we must take -- initiating the conversation with our loved ones -- is often the most difficult step to complete.

Why Some Doctors Struggle With the End of Life

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Ideally, we doctors must maintain that passion for life, but we must also make room for death, since every patient we treat will ultimately die from one cause or another. Doctors need to cultivate a view of life that includes the reality of death.

6 Steps to Rise Above Your Fear of Death

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Death represents the ultimate unknown, a territory in which we have no experience and no control. So it is natural to feel fear when we think about death and also natural to avoid those thoughts whenever possible.

Tips for Talking With Your Loved Ones About the End of Life

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

How do we go about engaging in these very important conversations when we meet resistance from those we most need to listen and talk with us? Here are some suggestions for "talking the talk" and breaking through that resistance.

Seven Leaders to Inspire You to Act

Adria D. Goodson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Adria D. Goodson

Today we announce the seven women and men chosen as our 2014 Prime Movers fellows who will inspire you next or may have already done so.

Jaweed Kaleem

The Brits Take On #YODO: You Only Die Once

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

Call it YODO: You only die once. That's been the message of an unusual festival this week with events at more than 100 sites around the United King...

Jaweed Kaleem

Kicking Off New Year With Death Over Dinner

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

On the evening of Jan. 7, Rosemary Lloyd, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who lives outside Boston, will host one of the most unusual dinner...

The Conversation No Family Wants To Have -- But Should

Posted 11.15.2013 | OWN

Ellen Goodman and her 44-year-old daughter, Katie, recorded their own dialogue about Mom’s end-of-life wishes. Here’s how it went. Ellen:...

Death Cafe Or Sacred Conversation?

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

To ask, as we do, how we want our bodies to be treated after death gives us the opportunity to learn what Jewish tradition has said for generations.

The New Year's Talk Every Family Needs to Have

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

We tend to think that medical decision making discussions are primarily for the elderly or for those with cancer. Yes, they need to plan, but this blog is directed at the rest of you who have completely ignored this issue.

First Words About Last Wishes: The Conversation Project

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

We had never discussed my mother's wishes. She was so full of life and physically healthy that I suspect we shared a kind of magical thinking -- she would go on forever, and talking about death would break the spell. Now I am thinking about health proxies and last wishes for myself.