Past Events

Advance Directives Open House

8/20/20 8am-5pm

On August 20th, trained conversation coaches will be available by appointment via Zoom throughout the day. They can answer advance care planning questions, provide the right documents, and help you start this important conversation with those that matter most. We can help ensure your wishes are respected.

COVID-19 Advance Care Planning Webinars

June 4th and 15th, 2020

Have you reviewed and updated your advance directives? It is important that we take the time to do this regularly, especially in times of change. The Conversation Project of Boulder County hosts live webinars covering basic advance care planning documents, conversations, and specific questions to consider during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both webinars are free and cover the same content.

Advance Directive Open House                                               

June 17, 2020

Our trained conversation coaches will be available throughout the day to help you with advance directive questions, provide the right documents, and help you get this important conversation started. Meetings are private online Zoom sessions.

National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 16, 2020
April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day. TCPBC volunteers will be available from 8am-6pm for online appointments and by phone. We can answer questions about advance directives, advance care planning, and help you get to the right documents.

Thoughtful Endings
A five-part education and discussion series on end-of-life-planning
Longmont congregations hosted the sessions on Sundays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sept 22
Health Care Decision-Making
United Church of Christ, 1500 9th Ave, Longmont

The key to making choices is identifying your values and beliefs. Using the Conversation Starter Kit you will discern what matters most. You will prepare to choose a decision-maker and to TALK to your family and your health care provider. Essential documents and a wallet card will be provided.
Presenters: Constance Holden, RN, MSN, Director, The Conversation Project in Boulder County, and Peter Holt, MD, former hospice and palliative care physician 

Sept 29
Practical Planning
Westview Presbyterian Church, 1500 Hover Street, Longmont

Having your “affairs in order” is a gift you give to your family. You will learn the most important aspects of financial planning and receive advice about the essential information your family will need, such as passwords! 
Presenters: Sarah Pheral, Elder Law and Estate Planning Lawyer, and Sue Mackey, Out of the Box End-of-Life Planning 
Oct 6
Aging Solo
Central Presbyterian Church, 402 Kimbark Street, Longmont
50% of us will be unable to make decisions at the end-of-life. Many people have limited or no family who can come to the bedside. Members of faith communities can play an important role supporting its congregants in their time of need. What does it mean to serve as a decision-maker for someone else?
Presenters: Sue Middleton, member, Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Lafayette, Claire Morrow, Caring Stewardship, Tina Walker, Sacred Passage End of Life Doula, Constance Holden, Panel Moderator 
Oct 13
Medical Aid in Dying
St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1303 S. Bross Lane, Longmont
In November 2016, voters in Colorado passed the End-of-Life Options Act, allowing terminally ill persons to hasten their death by ingesting medications prescribed by a physician. An overview of the Law, will be followed by a panel of faith community leaders. Come prepared to ask questions and share your own faith perspectives or just listen.  
Presenters: Kim Mooney, Thanantologist and founder of Practically Dying, Rev. Lonnie Darnell, Westview Presbyterian Church, Rev. Amelia Richardson Dress, United Church of Christ, Father Teri Harroun, Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Community, Rev. Dana Solomon, St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Deaconess Kristen Baltrum, Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Oct 20
Your Precious Bodies After Death
Bethlehem Lutheran & Light of Christ Churches, 1000 15th Ave, Longmont
In days gone by it was simple.  You were buried in the church cemetery. Today there are many options for disposal and donation of ones body.  Our panel will speak about traditional burial, cremation, green burial and various options for donations to save lives and further medical science.  
Presenters: Constance Holden-Boulder Community Health, Heath Carroll-Carroll-Lewellen Funeral and Cremation ServicesKaren van Vuuren, The Natural Funeral 

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