From:                                   The Conversation Project in Boulder County <> on behalf of The Conversation Project in Boulder County <>

Sent:                                    Monday, July 06, 2015 2:07 PM

To:                                        Kate DeBartolo

Subject:                                Have THE Talk this summer — Your family will thank you


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Summer just might be the best time to have The Conversation 

New York Times Opinionator section published this very Ellen Goodman-esque article on July 1st. Perhaps you need to convince friends or family members that it is important to have The Conversation. Pass this message on to them. Article: "How to Talk About Dying"




Anchorman Tom Brokaw recently presented a TEDx talk with his daughter, Jennifer, about their need to “talk” about his wishes. That interview and one that Tom did with NPR’s Terry Gross are on our website.


Help in Getting the Conversation Started

Perhaps you are having a family reunion or some other family gathering this summer. While talking about death may not seem like the cheeriest of topics, it is important to not miss opportunities when family members are assembled.  

If you need to prepare for this important conversation and have not attended one of our presentations you might want to hear our speakers, Jean Abbott MD and Grant Marylander, Esq. at Senior Law Day on August 22, which runs from 8 am–3:30 pm. This is an excellent event that offers helpful information on a variety of topics. You can get more information and registration information on our website by clicking here.  

If you have attended one of our presentations but are feeling stuck, call upon one of our skilled coaches at A coach will work with individuals, couples and entire family groups. There is no charge, but a contribution is appreciated.  

Our speakers stand ready to address your favorite group. We have recently prepared a list of study questions for the best-seller, Being Mortal. We would be happy to facilitate a discussion for you or you can simply use our study questions here.




Constance Holden, Rosemary Lloyd, Faith Community Outreach Coordinator (national) and Laura Bender, palliative care researcher, University of Washington, at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, in Portland, OR on June 25th. 


Words of Wisdom:
“It's always too early, until it's too late.” 

Ellen Goodman, Founder of The Conversation Project

Families play an important role in decisions in the ICU

This Canadian online service offers an overview of a survey published earlier in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Conversation Project is offered up as part of the solution. (click here to read overview)




Enjoy this beautiful green summer. 

Shhhhh….don’t tell your friends in California that it is green here. 

Here is how you can help:

  • Pass this newsletter on to friends and family. Encourage them to join our mailing list.
  • Suggest a presentation ranging from 20–90 minutes to your favorite group.
  • Donate via our website so that we can continue to disseminate this message.

   – Constance Holden and Jean Abbott

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