Upcoming Events

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We’ll be posting more EVENTS in September.

Past Events

Seminar for the Public:

JUNE 20, 2017 at 7pm at THE ACADEMY  970 Aurora Ave., Boulder

“What Should I Do?”

presented by Jean Abbott, MD MH
Co-Founder of the Conversation Project in Boulder County
What Should I Do?
How to Make Good Medical Decisions for Others

It’s hard to navigate the healthcare landscape when you’re making decisions for another.  The Conversation Project helps people engage in values-based conversations around future medical choices. In this program, Dr. Jean Abbott will talk about the basics of being a healthcare agent and how to understand options and respect a patient’s values.


Dr. Jean Abbott and her family have lived in Boulder since 1975. She has worked in various Emergency Departments in Boulder County and has been an Emergency Medicine physician and faculty member at the CU Health Sciences Center for the past 28 years. For the past 20 years, she has been a member and the lead ethics consultant for the Ethics Committee at University of Colorado Hospital as well as a community member of the Boulder Community Hospital ethics committee.

TUESDAY, JUNE 20th, 7pm 

The Academy 970 Aurora Ave., Boulder CO
Historic Chapel Hall


 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.

A unique program at Longmont United where volunteers engage with patients about their life stories.

January 26, 2017 from 1-3pm

Crist Mortuary

3395 Penrose Pl, Boulder, CO 80301

RSVP to Phyllis@TheConversationProjectInBoulder.org OR by phone (303) 442 0436, ext. 133

Past Events

+FREE Public Seminar – TALK LIFE! Join The Conversation Project Director, Phyllis Coletta, and some of your fellow boulderites in a discussion about taking your life into your own hands to ensure your advance care planning wishes will be respected.

Thursday January 23rd

6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Boulder Public Library

1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

In the Boulder Creek Room on the first floor

Free Public Seminar Series

Monday, Sept. 26

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Louisville Public Library

951 Spruce Street, Louisville

Tuesday, Sept. 27

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Boulder Public Library

Boulder Creek Room

1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder

Tuesday, Oct. 46:30 – 7:30 pm

Longmont Public Library

Room A & B

409 4th Ave, Longmont

Building Your Crisis Muscles: How to Talk to Your Family About Future Medical Decisions

Monday, Nov. 7

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Louisville Senior Center

900 Via Appia Way, Louisville, CO 80027

Contact: DianeE@louisvilleco.gov

CircleTalk Leader Certification Course

Friday, Nov. 118:30 am – 5:00 pm

The Academy


CircleTalk is a relationship-centered program that transforms the person-to-person experience within senior residences or anywhere seniors gather. For more information and registration, click here.

End of Life Planning for ‘Rainbow Elders’

Saturday November 19th10:00 am – Noon

The Longmont Senior Center

910 Longs Peak Ave.

This interactive planning and information workshop offers LGBT older adults time to reflect upon how to create intentional communities of care, click here.

The Grillo Health Information Center Presents:

Whispers and Words of Dying

Monday December 5th, 2016

6pm – 7pm

The Synagogue at Congregation Nevei Kudish

1925 Glenwood Dr. Boulder CO

FREE and open to the public – registration is not necessary, but space is limited so please be on time!

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