Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner

Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner

An Invitation and Guide to Life's Most Important Conversation

Book - 2018
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"Of the many critical conversations we will all have throughout our lifetime, few are as important as the ones discussing death--and not just the practical considerations, such as DNRs and wills, but what we fear, what we hope, and how we want to be remembered. Yet few of these conversations are actually happening. Inspired by his experience with his own father and countless stories from others who regret not having these conversations, Michael Hebb cofounded Death Over Dinner--an organization that encourages people to pull up a chair, break bread, and really talk about the one thing we all have in common. Death Over Dinner has been one of the most effective end-of-life awareness campaigns to date; in just three years, it has provided the framework and inspiration for more than a hundred thousand dinners focused on having these end-of-life conversations. As Arianna Huffington said, "We are such a fast-food culture, I love the idea of making the dinner last for hours. These are the conversations that will help us to evolve. Let's Talk About Death (over Dinner) offers keen practical advice on how to have these same conversations--not just at the dinner table, but anywhere. There's no one right way to talk about death, but Hebb shares time- and dinner- tested prompts to use as conversation starters, ranging from the spiritual to the practical, from analytical to downright funny and surprising. By transforming the most difficult conversations into an opportunity, they become celebratory and meaningful--ways that not only can change the way we die, but the way we live."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Da Capo, 2018.
ISBN: 9780738235295
Characteristics: viii, 246 pages : 22 cm.


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Feb 22, 2020

Mr. Hebb started Death Over Dinner several years ago, and he has been present at hundreds of dinners at which people have discussed all sorts of important questions related to death, such as:

If you had only 30 days left to live, how would you spend them? Your last day? Your last hour?

What is the most significant end-of-life experience of which you have been a part?

What foods do you remember a departed loved one cooking for you?

Do you have your will, advance-care directives, and power of attorney complete, and if not, why?

What does a good death look like?

What would you want to eat for your last meal?

What do you want done with your body?

Are there certain deaths we should never speak of?

What do you want your legacy to be?

How long should we grieve?

What would you want people to say about you at your funeral?

What song would you want played at your funeral? Who should sing it?

There are more questions, but you get the idea. The book also tells you how to have one of these dinners at which people discuss death.


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