Upcoming Events (sponsored by The Conversation Project)

Other Events (sponsored by other organizations)

Thoughtful Exit Planning
A step-by-step approach that eliminates the overwhelm of doing what we all know we need to do to plan for our family’s’ ease

New Series: Fridays from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: at The Natural Funeral
102 W. Chester St., Lafayette

$35/Session if you pay as you go; Discounted from $210 to $175 for all 6 sessions
plus $45 materials fee for indexed Exit File™ step-by-step binder

RSVP by May 6th
to Sue Mackey at OutoftheBoxEndofLifePlanning@gmail.com or 720-884-6878
(Min. Class size of 8/ Max of 13)

May 10: Over View of Your Exit File™, and Choosing Your Person
Give yourself and your family peace of mind by providing a map for them of your documents and wishes in the event of you not being able to speak for yourself. We will go through the Exit File™ binder I have developed that makes it doable to “fill in the blanks” and know that you have all your bases covered. We will also discuss how to choose your MDPOA, the most important decision you will make regarding your end-of-life wishes

May 17: Discerning your Personal Values and Beliefs and Considering your Legacy
The key to being able to voice your choice at the end of life is first knowing what your values and beliefs are. Using different assessment tools and conversation we will discern what is important in death, (and thus in life!). We will also consider our emotional and spiritual legacy.

May 24: Living Will, Dementia Directives, CPR Directives and MOST forms
The standard Living Will only comes in to play in very limited circumstances, and does not address our stronger likelihood of our biggest fear, living with advanced dementia. We will consider different ways to access an “exit ramp” if you find yourself not living with what you define as quality of life. We will also discuss the specific use of the CPR Directive and the MOST Forms.

May 31: Writing your Personal Statement in order to Communicate your Wishes for Treatment at the End-of-Life—A Critical Piece of your Medical Directives
Your wishes for your treatment at the end-of-life will hold much more weight if they are relayed in your own words, rather than initials on a form. We will utilize a template that I developed as a thought-jogger in order to address the many aspects of end-of-life treatment, such as definition of quality of life, dementia, aggressive treatments, financial considerations, hospice preferences, etc.

June 7: Green burials and Organ and Body Donations
There are options for body disposition beyond conventional burial and cremation, including green burial and flameless cremation. As part of this discussion we will consider the often-confusing options of live organ donation for transplant and whole body donation.

June 14: Making your Funeral and Memorial Arrangements
It has been proven that families way over-spend when they have to make funeral arrangements for a loved one while still in shock and deep grief. And if they don’t know what you would have wanted, they are left to guess. So we will walk through the process “up-stream” as a gift to your family. You may even be inspired to write your own obituary!

Past Events

Rocky Mountain Conference on Dementia
On April 29th, TCP in Boulder County’s co-founders, Jean Abbott and Constance Holden spoke at the Rocky Mountain Conference on Dementia in Denver.

Interdenominational Discussions on End-of-Life Care
Sept. 16 – Nov. 11, 2018
Gunbarrel area in Boulder

Ending Well
A Resource Seminar for End-of-Life Decisions
Oct. 27, 2018
Broomfield United Methodist Church

Learn How To Be An Organ Donor
Sept. 6, 2018, Lafayette Public
Panel of local organizations answered questions and provided information on donating organs to save lives or support research. Panelists included representatives from the Donor Alliance, Colorado Anatomical Board, Lonetree Medical Board, and the Conversation Project in Boulder County.

Katy Butler: “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”
April 18, 2018  • Congregation Har Hashem
Award-winning author Katy Butler will talk about her book “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: A Path to a Better Way of Death.”

“Deepening the Conversation about End of Life”
5-part workshop from March 10 to May 19
Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Moving from Documents to Conversations About End of Life Decisions
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
The Library Highland City Club, 885 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder
Most of us have met with an attorney and completed legal documents that designate a medical decision-maker. Few of us have had a meaningful conversation with that decision-maker about our wishes. And what are my wishes and values, anyway? And how do I initiate such an unpleasant conversation?

“Mortal Matters”
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1000 W 15th Avenue, Longmont
This three part series is being presented by The Conversation Project in Boulder. An interactive program, we will ease into important end-of-life topics.

“Who Are Your People”
Jan. 28, 2018
Trinity Lutheran Church, Boulder
It can be said “it is always too early to talk about these things until it is too late.” Over the weeks we will focus on decision making, communicating these decisions to “Your People” and documenting them.

“Old School – Turning Old into Gold”
Dec. 5, 2017, The Academy, Boulder
Becoming old is a given; becoming an elder is not. It is a conscious process of learning to embrace our life experiences and using our curiosity, reflection and creativity to create alchemy. Sponsored by Windhorse Elder Care.

“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

News from London, Ontario (July 2018): Director Constance Holden presents practice model for health care professionals who work with patients who are experiencing dementia at the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement.
The Conversation Project in Boulder County

Donor-Advised Funding, Community Foundation of Boulder County

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