There are a few subjects that most of us avoid talking about with friends and family, really with just about everyone. Money, politics and death.
The statistics show that 75% of Americans want to die at home, but only 25% actually do. The statistics show that more bankruptcies occur due to medical expenses, particularly end of life expenses.
Not having the conversation about how you want to die can be a costly omission as well as a missed opportunity for bonding and closeness between family and friends.
Michael Hebb, founder of deathoverdinner.org has created a way to host a dinner conversation about death while breaking bread and building connection.
He has found that deep interpersonal relationships are formed when talking about difficult topics. Having a dinner is easy! We walked through the process and even tried a sample question.
Let’s Talk about Death is Michael’s book about the subject and the process.
1. Don’t be discouraged when loved ones show resistance to talking about death over dinner. Think of it as a courtship. Be patient and gentle
2. Thinking about generations over dinner, how “generation diverse” are you? Could you invite 3, 4, 7 generations to dinner.
3. Talking about our mortality is the thing that gives us the most clarity, vitality and sense of purpose.
Thanks so much for listening.
You can email me with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Wendy Green is a Certified Life Coach, working with people going through the sometimes uncomfortable life transition from full-time work to “what’s next.” Find out more about Wendy’s 6-week “What’s Next Transition” Coaching workshop
– You can find Michael Hebb at hebb.life
– generationsoverdinner.com (launching in Sept. 2020 )