What's Holding You Back from "Having the Conversation" About End-of-Life Care?

Date: April 16, 2014


  • Ellen Goodman, Co-founder of The Conversation Project and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist
  • Nathan Kottkamp, creator of National Healthcare Decisions Day
  • Dr. Haider Javed Warraich, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
  • Connie Holden, The Conversation Project community leader from Boulder, Colorado

April 16, 2014, is the 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day — designed to inspire, educate, and empower the public to talk with loved ones sooner rather than later about wishes for end-of-life care (before a medical crisis happens). We marked the day by hosting a nationwide conversation about end-of-life care led by Ellen Goodman, co-founder of The Conversation Project, and Nathan Kottkamp, creator of National Healthcare Decisions Day.

During the free, hour-long webinar on April 16, Ellen and Nathan led a discussion about ongoing challenges Americans face discussing end-of-life issues. They offer guidance on how to sensitively overcome some of the barriers, including how to navigate family dynamics. More than 90 percent of people think it’s important to have conversations about end-of-life care, yet less than 30 percent have done so. What’s holding you back?  


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