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‘Death over dinner’ event in Boulder encourages end-of-life decision conversations

Posted on 01/05/2015

The Daily Camera-  Connie Holden hosted a dinner party Sunday in Boulder to encourage her friends to talk about death.

Holden, the co-founder of Boulder County’s chapter of the Conversation Project, has worked as a nurse, an ethics consultant who helped families with end of life decisions and the director of Hospice of Boulder County.

The Conversation Project in Boulder County started in 2013 and is based on the work of “Boston Globe” columnist Ellen Goodman.

“One of the points that Ellen Goodman makes is that these are conversations people should be having around the kitchen table, not at the bedside in the intensive care unit,” Holden said.

Nationally, the Conversation Project encouraged chapters to host “death over dinner” events this week to increase awareness about the project. At Holden’s dinner in Boulder, the 10 people who attended talked about loved ones they lost and shared their thoughts on end-of-life decisions

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