Upcoming Events (sponsored by The Conversation Project)

Conversations about end-of-life at the Lafayette Public Library

You are invited to a series of interesting and provocative short videos on end-of-life issues, followed by discussion facilitated by members of the community with related expertise. Each session will begin at 6:30 and end by 7:45. Sponsored by Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and The Conversation Project in Boulder County.

Free and open to people of all ages. Join us for any or all sessions.

Oct 2:
Tom Brokaw, noted journalist, and his daughter, Jennifer, an ER physician, have a heart to heart conversation about what’s important in life and what decisions family members may have to make towards the end of a loved one’s life.

Oct 9:
BJ Miller, a hospice physician who lost one arm and both legs in a high voltage accident, asks big questions, such as how we think about death, and how we honor life.

Oct 23:
Peg Batten, a bioethicist, tells the story of how and why her husband chose to turn off his ventilator and die, after a bike accident and paralysis.

Nov 6:
Funeral Director Caitlin Doughty explores ideas for “green burial,” a process that returns our bodies back to the earth in an eco-friendly and self-aware way.

Nov 20:
Lucy Kalanithi shares the journey of her husband, Paul, who wrote “When Breath Becomes Air,” following his diagnosis of terminal cancer at age 36.


TRANSCENDING THE NORM – New Thoughts on Caring for Our Community
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, 6-9 pm
presented by TRU Community Care
Hosted by Academy Senior Living, 979 Aurora Ave, Boulder

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder

Register by Oct. 4 for the Day 2 portion of this event. Cost is $40.


Other Events (sponsored by other organizations)

Transforming the paradigm of care
Thursday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017
Naropa University, Boulder
Click here to register.

Past Events

“What Should I Do?”
JUNE 20, 2017 at 7pm
THE ACADEMY,  970 Aurora Ave., Boulder
presented by Jean Abbott, MD MH
Co-Founder of the Conversation Project in Boulder County
How to Make Good Medical Decisions for Others

 Volunteer Coach Meeting
June 19, 2017 from 1-3pm at the Meadows Library – please feel free to join!

Caregiver Symposium Registration
May 16th, 2017 in Longmont.

Other ongoing events

Conversations on Death is a volunteer-based organization that makes conversations on death and dying more accessible to all by promoting, engaging and connecting people and resources in Boulder County. See their calendar for ongoing and special events.

Recent News

National Healthcare Decisions Day, Daily Camera article, by TCP founder Jean Abbott (April 2016)

Before I Die,” about TCP volunteer Peggy Arnold, Pomona College Magazine (Spring 2016)

“Boulder County’s Conversation Project boosted by $200K grant,” Daily Camera (April 2016)

“Decision-making across the spectrum of memory loss,” article by Jean Abbott (page 2) and ad (page 3), 50 Plus Marketplace News (April 2016)

The Conversation Project in Boulder County Awarded $200,000 (March 2016)

“Beyond the Documents: Talking about end-of-life values,” with speakers Constance Holden and Claire Riley, at Frasier Meadows, Boulder (January 26, 2016)

“Roadways for Collaborating with the Healthcare System,” featuring TCP co-founder Jean Abbott, at Naropa University, Boulder (January 2016)

Easing the End of Life with Conversation,” Colorado Health Foundation’s quarterly journal Health Elevations, featuring TCP co-founders Constance Holden and Jean Abbott (Fall 2015)

“Taking Time to Talk About End-of-Life Wishes,” The Lodge at Balfour in Louisville (11-4-15)

Talk about TCP with Constance Holden and Lynn Malkinson at Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder (1-29-15)

Daily Camera article about Boulder’s Conversation Project co-founder Constance Holden hosting a “Death Over Dinner” event (1-5-15)

National Healthcare Decisions Day discussion with Constance Holden, Ellen Goodman, and others – What’s holding you back? (podcast from 4-16-14)

Longmont Times-Call article by Jean Abbott – Have you had the end-of-life conversation?

Longmont United Hospital hosts events – National Healthcare Decisions Day

Daily Camera article by Constance Holden – Were Nelson Mandela’s end-of-life wishes honored? (1-19-14)

NBC Nightly News – Dr. Nancy Snyderman: My Life as a Caregiver (1-16-14)

NPR Interview – Ellen Goodman on The Conversation Project (12-28-13)

Places and Events where we’ve given presentations

Amour-talkback at The Boe — Ellen Goodman Kickoff Event — Senior Law Day — Frasier — Natural Transitions Filmfest — Anthem Ranch — First Congregational Church — Conversations on Death Annual Workshop — IHI webinar presentation — Community in Discernment — Community United Church of Christ — Light of Christ Community — Bethlehem Lutheran — Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship — St John’s Episcopal Church — Boulder Community Hospital — Longmont United — Boulder Valley Rotary — First Presbyterian Church — Grand Junction United Church of Christ — Grand Junction Advance Directive Collaborative — Mountain View Methodist — Boulder County Area Agency on Aging — PEO — West Boulder Senior Center — First United Methodist — The Academy — Avista Adventist Hospital — Family Hospice — 2014 Caregiving Symposium — Grillo Speakers Series — Boulder Bookstore — Lafayette Public Library — Nevei Kodesh — Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship — Flatirons Rotary — Coal Creek Rotary — Faith and Issues Group — St John’s Episcopal Church — First Congregational Book Club — Atonement Lutheran Church — Naropa University — Boulder County Area Agency on Aging — Colorado Capital Management — St Vrain Rotary — National Health Care Decisions Day-LUH and BCH — Forest Park Cottages — Age-ing to Sage-ing International — Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum — PALS-Women’s Group