The story of Dr. Lachlan Forrow, MD, and a patient who needed palliative care but had never been asked the simple question: “What’s a good day for you?” until Dr. Forrow walked into her room.
We’ve been working with The Conversation Project for the past year, producing videos with Co-Founder and Director Ellen Goodman and her team. It’s an extraordinary group with an extraordinary mission which is described below.
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain. It’s time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talk about it. It’s time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it’s time to communicate about the kind of care we want and don’t want for ourselves.
We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people we love before it’s too late. Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected.