Death Over Dinner, The Conversation Project Aim To Spark Discussions About The End Of Life

On the evening of Jan. 7, Rosemary Lloyd, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who lives outside Boston, will host one of the most unusual dinners of her life.

With her husband, son, stepdaughters, and a lifelong friend from high school at the table, Lloyd, who plans to serve an otherwise simple menu of lasagna and salad, will lead a conversation on what may seem the most unlikely of subjects: death.

“Death is very real in our family,” said Lloyd. “I remember my first open-casket funeral when I was 5 for my great-grandmother. My grandfather died of colon cancer. The mother of my stepdaughters died of lung cancer, and she is always with us whenever we are together. So to get together very intentionally and talk about what we want out of our lives and deaths, it’s incredibly important.”

Lloyd’s gathering, called Death over Dinner, is one of hundreds planned during the first week of the new year across the U.S. and internationally. The purpose is to spark an open-ended conversation about death, from one’s personal experiences and spiritual views about a topic that can be a conversational taboo, to ways friends and families can plan for end-of-life care and advance directives when they or their loved ones die. Continue Reading…

December 30th, 2013