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Let’s have dinner and talk about death

Posted on 01/05/2015

The Baltimore Sun-  It isn’t what she imagined for what Baby Boomers like to call “a post-career career.” But Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman finds herself talking to people about dying. Specifically, about dying the way they want to die.

She began The Conversation Project after her own mother’s death at 92. They had never had this conversation and, with her mother suffering from dementia, they couldn’t have it. She found herself making difficult decisions about her mother’s care without any idea what her mother might have wanted.

“We had talked about everything but this one thing,” said Ms. Goodman, “and that is how she wanted to live at the end of her life.

“I never want to leave the people I love that uneasy and bewildered about my own wishes,” said the former Boston Globe writer.

From today through Jan. 7, The Conversation Project, in cooperation with Death Over Dinner, which also encourages these conversations, is urging people to pick an evening soon to “fill their tables with comfort food, family and friends and start talking about how they want to live the last days of their lives.”

Read the full article here.