In just two years Death Over Dinner has provided the framework and inspiration for over 100,000 dinners in 30 countries. Our simple model has powerfully impacted individual families and larger communities; catalyzing end of life conversations and motivating individuals to complete living wills and advance care directives. Each dinner includes invitation material, pre-dinner homework assignments, a comprehensive framework for the dinner discussion, and a clear set of follow-up steps. This May we launch an Australian version of DOD in partnership with www.achr.org.au and support from the Australian government and dozens of hospitals, universities, and medical organizations down under. We are currently developing similar web platforms in Japan and Mexico, and have begun work on a Jewish Edition, a Doctors and Nurses Edition, and a new project focused on Alzheimer’s patients and families. Deathoverdinner.org was developed at the University of Washington by Michael Hebb, Angel Grant, and the design firm Civilization.
To whet the appetite for this conversation, Deathoverdinner and The Conversation Project created an e-cookbook, “The Endless Table” recipes from departed loved ones. Famous chefs and food writers like Tom Colicchio, Ina Garten, Tim Ferriss, Amanda Hesser, Ben Ford, José Andrés, Michel Nischan and many more have donated a recipe in honor of a loved one, along with a personal story about why the dish they chose is personally meaningful. Proceeds of the e-cookbook will benefit both public engagement campaigns, The Conversation Project and Death Over Dinner.