Welcome to Talking Matters, a blog featuring updates, stories, and interviews from The Conversation Project. Check back each week for a new post!

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Conversations about End-of-life as an Antidote to Moral Distress
By Constance Holden, RN, MSN, 08/16/2016

Researchers Hart, et al reported in JAMA (June 2015) that in spite of pre-existing expression of wishes, 25 percent of ICU patients received care that differed from what was desired and that 15 percent of patients with a DNR died after receiving CPR. Such divergence from stated wishes creates moral distress for staff and for family members? If families were prepared to advocate for the patient, would this still happen?

Reaching Our Neighborhoods
Posted on 08/09/2016

It’s a perfect summer day and you’re taking a long stroll through the neighborhoods of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where The Conversation Project is based. As you move along the brick paths, past the historic buildings and…

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With the help of The Conversation Project, several companies are joining a nationwide movement to create a cultural shift around the way people think about and prepare for how we want to live at the…

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Conversation Sabbath 2.0
By Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, 07/26/2016

We are getting ready to launch our second Conversation Sabbath this fall – and this year the ripple effect is going national. We’ve already heard that there are plans afoot in Wisconsin, Northern California, Georgia,…

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In this week’s Talking Matter’s blog post, we followed up with Ellen to ask her to respond to some of the most popular questions that we receive from friends and fans of the nonprofit’s work.

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Across the country, hundreds of the communities that work alongside The Conversation Project are taking innovative approaches to promoting the importance of end-of-life care conversations. From cozy events at local libraries, sermons at congregations and…