Breaking The Taboo Against Talking About Death / KUOW
Aired on TUE MAY 7, 2013 KUOW/NPR
How do you want to die? Seattle food provocateur and entrepreneur Michael Hebb wants you to talk about it — over dinner.
Hebb says how we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation Americans aren’t having. The price of end-of-life care can bankrupt a family and often doesn’t improve quality life for the one dying. And it’s much more difficult to navigate end-of-life decisions, and how an individual wants to be remembered, when the conversation never happened.
“Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death” stemmed from a digital media communications course taught with project co-designer Scott Macklin at the University of Washington last fall. The course and resulting long-term project is intended to create communal dialogues around death, health care and human life, and to foster proactive conversations about end-of-life decisions.