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

5 Ways to Show Appreciation for a Caregiver
By Andrea Gibbs, 11/01/2022

After she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I became my mom’s caregiver. From my own experience, I know that providing a support system for a caregiver can help them to feel recognized and create space…

Conversations Brought my Family Clarity
By Sabrina Johnson, 11/01/2022

ALS became a social media trend in 2014 with the Ice Bucket Challenge. A viral trend that, to be honest, I saw and thought nothing much of because, like with most viral trends, I never…

The Power of Music at the Bedside
By David Grube, 11/01/2022

In compassionate care through the end of life, treatments other than medicines can make a crucial difference. The human touch is one. Another can be music. Guided by this, members of the Threshold Choir sit…

Times to Have “The Conversation”
By Karen Purze, 10/06/2022

My father had cancer but didn’t want to talk about his health. Or his health care. Or his health care wishes. None of it. He wanted to know how his grandsons were doing. And how…

Crossing Abbey Road
By David White, 09/07/2022

When we are no longer able to change the situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. —Victor Frankel, Man’s Search for Meaning Malcolm was sitting up in bed, his hospital door ajar. He had on…

Having “The Conversation” with Teenagers
By Diane F. Goble, MS, 09/07/2022

The only time my husband and I talked about anything to do with the end of our lives was when we chose our children’s godparents—those who would take care of them should we both die….