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The End Game: Conversations about Life and Death

Thinking about the end actually helps us to celebrate living now

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Throughout life, we celebrate milestones - weddings, births, anniversaries - but the milestone that we are most often afraid to confront is one of the most impactful - death. 

For many people, talking about end-of-life is uncomfortable or even taboo. But sooner or later, we all face death. What fears are holding us back from having essential conversations that will improve our own lives and the lives of those we care about? 

We understand that death is informed by the lived experience and want to create opportunities for the lived experience to be better informed. We have just launched a new series creating public forums to empower people to have conversations about living and dying. We want to foster opportunities for the general public, healthcare professionals, first responders, health science students, residents of long term care, financial planners, faith communities and community organizations to talk about living and dying. We strive to normalize conversations about living and dying in a non-judgemental, non-denominational, upbeat and interactive session. We aim to provide attendees the opportunity to consider their values and receive credible resources regarding advance care planning and end-of-life care.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

In their roles as mothers, daughters and sisters, Elizabeth and Roxanne strive to live life to the fullest, while understanding that planning for tomorrow is an important part of living well today. At a fateful chance meeting, and informed by their careers in health care, they discovered a common passion to empower people to have meaningful conversations about living and dying.

Tell us about your work experience:

C. Elizabeth Dougherty is a hospice palliative care psychosocial clinician and educator and Roxanne Torbiak is a communications professional specializing in health care.


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Thanks for sharing Elizabeth.  This looks great.  As a health care professional I am very curious and would love to participate!  Are you planning these sessions as general mixed groups, or are you planning to have distinct sessions for some of the groups you mentioned here?  I love that you speak of this as forums on "living and dying", both.  The language itself paints a full picture.  
Do you plan to include any writing exercises in this work?

Best of luck with the project!

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Thank you kindly Bettina. Will post an update after our session next week!

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