Conversations that Matter

Posted on 09/07/2012

At the End of Life Blog: Every day I am confronted by the snarl of technology-gone-awry known as the American system of healthcare. The good news is we have the best healthcare technology available. The bad news is we don’t always know how or when to use these expensive tools, particularly at the end of life.

This is why the mission of The Conversation Project is so critical, not only to reigning in expensive and futile, end-of-life healthcare costs, but also to fulfilling our wishes on how and where we choose to die and how much we’ll put up with before we do. The Conversation Project is a grassroots cultural movement that encourages us to have conversations with our loved ones about our last wishes, preferably around the kitchen table rather than in the emotion-stoked hallways of an intensive care unit.

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