The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project

Our Purpose:
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain. It’s time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it. It’s time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it’s time to communicate about the kind of care we want and don’t want for ourselves. We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people we love, before it’s too late. Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected. If you’re ready to join us, we ask you: Have you had the conversation?

Our History:
The Conversation Project began in 2010, when Ellen Goodman and a group of colleagues and concerned media, clergy, and medical professionals gathered to share stories of “good deaths” and “bad deaths” within their own circle of loved ones.

“What matters to me at the end of life is….”
It’s not easy to talk about how you want the end of your life to be. But it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones. This Starter Kit will help you get your thoughts together and then have the conversation. This isn’t about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It’s about talking to your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care. Whether you’re getting ready to tell someone what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to talk, we hope the Starter Kit will be a useful guide. We want you to be the expert on your wishes and those of your loved ones. Not the doctors or nurses. Not the end-of-life experts. You.

Contact Us:
We want to hear from you! E-mail, call, or send us snail mail using the information below.

By Mail or Phone:
The Conversation Project
20 University Road, 7th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Phone: (617)­ ­301-4868

By Email: Email our Executive Director, Harriet Warshaw, at

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An advocate, for the elderly and disabled, who gives you the power to choose.
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