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Starter Kits

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. We developed the original Conversation Starter Kit as a useful tool to help people have conversations with their family members or other loved ones about their wishes regarding end-of-life care. Since then, we have translated the Starter Kit into several languages, and developed additional Starter Kits listed below. All are available to download for free.

Check out our new health care proxy kit below.

Order Printed Copies

For those who want to distribute large quantities of our materials, you can purchase printed copies here: https://marketplace.mimeo.com/theconversationproject

As a reminder, you’re always welcome to print copies of the PDFs below.


Conversation Starter Kit

Talking with your loved ones openly and honestly, before a medical crisis happens, gives everyone a shared understanding about what matters most to you at the end of life. You can use this Starter Kit whether you are getting ready to tell someone else what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to share their wishes.
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  • Add your organization’s logo to our starter kit: For organizations planning to distribute the Conversation Starter Kit widely, we have created a version of the Starter Kit to which you can add your logo and local contact information.  Fill out this form to submit a request for the template.


How to Choose a Health Care Proxy & How to Be a Health Care Proxy

In addition to having the conversation, it’s important to choose a health care proxy – the person who will make decisions about your medical care if you become unable to make them for yourself. This new user-friendly guide offers facts and tips necessary to make sound decisions about choosing, and being, a health care proxy.


Conversation Starter Kit for Families and Loved Ones of People with Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Forms of Dementia

This Starter Kit is specifically designed to help families and loved ones of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia who want guidance about “having the conversation.” We appreciate the difficulty — and the importance — of having these conversations.



How To Talk To Your Doctor

After you’ve had the conversation with your loved ones, the next step is talking to your doctor or nurse about your wishes. Don’t wait for a medical crisis; talking with your doctor or nurse now makes it easier to make medical decisions when the time comes.


Pediatric Starter Kit: Having the Conversation with Your Seriously Ill Child

This Starter Kit is specifically designed to help parents of seriously ill children who want guidance about “having the conversation” with their children.