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Posted by Dr. Lachlan Forrow December 19, 2012 11:08 AM
Are you still finalizing year-end holiday season gifts for special loved ones? Even if you already have something for everyone, The Conversation Project has an additional idea that fits in anyone's budget -- the "gift of conversation".
And not just any conversation, but "the conversation" that we all mean to have but that most of us keep putting off.
Yes, we all care deeply that the latter part of the lives of those we love is the way they would want. Yes, we all know that if we haven't talked about that in advance, it may not happen. Yes, we know how much we will then regret that "it was always too early until it was too late."
But the truth is that it is hard to get started.
So The Conversation Project is offering all of us not just an "idea", but simple concrete help -- a "gift kit" for anyone who has email. All you need to do is visit the "Gift of Conversation" web page, personalize their simple introduction, and send the message.
They offer this message for you to personalize:
I want to talk with you about what matters most to each of us at the end of our lives. Let's talk about it together.
When you hit "send", automatically attached is their conversation "starter kit", and a tag line:
Learn more at www.TheConversationProject.org
Or you might be even gentler than their proposed message -- maybe something like:
Have you heard about "The Conversation Project"? I'd love to know what you think...
It literally only will take you a minute.
And while you're at it, you might also email other friends about this, so that they, too, can finally do, for and with their loved ones, something very important, something they've likely been meaning to do for a long time.
And then, have wonderfully Happy Holidays.
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About the authorLachlan Forrow, MD is Director of Ethics Programs and Director of Palliative Care Programs at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. More »
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