Thursday, September 26, 2013
Following the advent of a program called “Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death,” more people are gathering to talk about issues in death and dying that few like to acknowledge. The program was started by a group of master’s degree students and faculty at the University of Washington and offers talking points, reading material concerning death, and tips on wording death dinner invitations. About 400 people have already signed up to host dinners since last month.
Talking about death may seem taboo to some, but discussing it with your family or friends can help avoid unnecessary suffering at the end of life as well as common conflicts arising after death.
Voicing your final wishes may also inspire some much-needed estate planning. About 30 percent of those over 65 currently don’t have a will and around 70 percent of adults don’t have a living will.
See Shannon Pettypiece, Death Dinners at Baby Boomers’ Tables Take on Dying Taboo, Yahoo! Finance, Sept. 24, 2013.
Special thanks to Melissa J. Willms (Davis & Willms, PLLC) for bringing this practice to my attention.