LET'S HAVE DINNER AND TALK ABOUT DEATH
Michael Hebb - Founder.
Across the USA.
"The dinner table is the most forgiving place for difficult conversation. The ritual of breaking bread creates warmth and connection, and puts us in touch with our humanity. It offers an environment that is more suitable than the usual places we discuss end of life."
"On a beautiful June morning in 2012 I boarded a train traveling from Portland to Seattle, and quickly made my way to the dining car. Within a few minutes I found myself in a lively conversation with two strangers, both doctors, and both very concerned about the state of our health care system. What I learned during that conversation was shocking, and the statistic that broke my heart was this: Nearly 75% of Americans want to die at home, yet only 25% of them do..."
Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death aims to have people start a conversation with their friends or family about death by providing the proper invitation and tools to make it easier, more meaningful and liberating.
The idea behind the campaign is to first prepare family members though resources.
The website provides pre-dinner reading materials, videos, conversational prompts for how to talk about death and action items such as the goal of writing down and documenting end of life wishes through power of attorney, living wills, organ donation forms, etc.
Once all parties have been prepared, the dinner can be held at a place of choosing with the hopes of an honest, open discussion about death.
Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death works with the Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation, The National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, several advisors such as doctors, palliative care experts, authors, health care CEOs, artists and others to help spur the conversation around facing death and planning for end of life.
Micheal Hebb has presented a TED talk at TEDMED, a conference covering topics on health and medicine.
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