The Conversation Project in Boulder County formed in 2013, based on the nationally-acclaimed work of Boston Globe columnist and author, Ellen Goodman. Her project took root after she had the experience of guiding her dying mother’s care. Unfortunately, they had never broached this delicate subject and Ellen found herself adrift, not knowing what her mother’s end-of-life care wishes would be.

Why is it Important?

While 82% of Americans say that it is important to put end-of-life wishes in writing, only 23% actually have done it. An even smaller percent have actually spoken with their family about their wishes. Unless your family knows what you want, they are left with the distress of guessing how to best care for you. Starting the conversation is never easy – no one wants to sound gloomy or to upset ourselves or others, but families and health care professionals report that it is a relief when the subject of how we want the end of our life to look is brought into the open and our choices can be honored because of careful forethought and conversation.

What we provide:

  • Free confidential Coaching for individuals and families who want help having a conversation about future medical care, and assistance with filling out a Medical Durable Power of Attorney
  • Speakers for large and small community groups
  • Workshops and seminars open to the public, providing education around the importance of appointing an informed medical decision-maker
  • Training for professionals and lay people about Advance Care Planning
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Your charitable contribution to The Conversation Project in Boulder County helps us provide a broad range of services to foster meaningful conversations about end-of-life care. We are committed to helping every Boulder County resident express their wishes. We appreciate your support and welcome you to our community. (TRU Community Care is accepting donations on behalf of The Conversation Project. Under “My Gift Is A:” select “Conversation Project Donation” so that your funds will be properly allocated.)

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Arapahoe Ridge High School video project May 2017

Students from Carolyn Puska's Language Arts class wrote essays on dying and created this video to help others learn to talk more openly about the inevitable.

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