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New Tool: What Matters to Me Workbook

The “What Matters to Me” Workbook was jointly created by Ariadne Labs and The Conversation Project to help people with a serious illness think through and talk about what matters most to them – to make sure they get the care they want.

This workbook takes the Conversation Starter Kit a step further to specifically address serious illness preferences and is a valuable tool for people in a wide variety of settings.

After completing the Workbook and talking it over with someone close to you, the next step is to talk with your health care team (doctor, nurse, social worker, etc.) so they understand what’s most important to you.

Note: The workbook is based on expert opinion and is currently undergoing testing with patients and their caregivers to evaluate its usability and usefulness.
Click here for full access to the workbook.


Facilitating Connections with a Hug Tent!

The Conversation Project in Boulder County and TRU Community care staff and volunteers recently teamed up to build a hug tent. This device allows people to safely share a hug.  It was specifically designed with long-term care residents in mind. Many of these people have not shared any physical contact with their loved ones in eight months!

The hug tent is made using a pop-up canopy tent. Panels are fabricated from thick clear plastic sheeting. Arm sleeves are made with the same type of plastic and are secured using embroidery hoops.  They are cleaned with an EPA approved COVID-19 effective product between each hug.  The tents are easily assembled and transported.  

The hug tent made its debut in Longmont recently with plenty of joy and tears. TRU will be taking it out to various senior living facilities in the area to help reduce social isolation and increase human connection.
Check it out on  ABC World News!                                                   

Connections build conversations!


The Power of Personal Stories

The national Conversation Project has been collecting stories and turning them into a series of blogs that focus on themes of living fully up until the end-of-life and explorations of life in light of mortality. The blog writers come from many backgrounds and their stories are well worth a read over the holiday season. Find them here.


Increasing Conversations During COVID-19

As more people become seriously ill and hospitalized with COVID-19, advance care planning continues to grow in importance. In Boulder county, we are seeing conversations become more real and concrete for people as they ponder specific questions. This situation offers all of us an opportunity to reflect on and share what matters most.  We are realizing how important conversations are across the lifespan and between generations.  The holidays are always a good time to start.  As we are socially distanced, Zoom and Facetime offer effective mediums for communication. The Conversation Project offers a COVID-19 Discussion Guide to help you break the ice.  Read more about how to start the gift of conversation within your family in this piece: More families are discussing end-of-life planning as COVID-19 cases rise – here’s how to start the conversation.

After starting your conversation, take the next big step and choose your healthcare agent using a Medical Durable Power of Attorney!


Upcoming Events


COVID-19 Advance Care Planning
Boulder County Age Well Series
Zoom (open to the public)
12/16/20 from noon-1pm 

Talking about medical and end-of-life wishes is an important way we can all have more control in this uncertain time. At The Conversation Project, we want to help you start or continue your advance care planning journey.
Join us for a one-hour webinar covering advance care planning basics, documents, how COVID-19 has raised the stakes, and how to start these important conversation with those that matter most. We can help ensure your wishes are respected.

Register here.


Aging Solo: But Not Alone
Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Zoom (open to the general public)
1/12/2021 from 2-3:30pm

50% of us will be unable to make healthcare decisions at end-of-life. People who are “aging solo” may have limited options when choosing a healthcare decision-maker.
Join The Conversation Project in Boulder County and Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for a Zoom expert panel discussion featuring Constance Holden, RN, Claire Morrow, owner of Caring Stewardship, Sue Mackey, owner of Out of the Box Funeral End-of-Life Planning, and Amanda Meier of The Conversation Project in Boulder County. We help you identify your values, decide what matters to you, and provide guidance on how to find a decision-maker. Most importantly, we will help you prepare “your person”.
Register here

Aging Solo: But Not Alone
Lafayette Senior Center
3/10/21 from 1-2:30pm

See above for presentation description.
Call 303-665-9052  and press 0 to register or 

Register here online.

Support The Conversation Project in Boulder County

As we near the end of 2020, many of us are breathing a sigh of relief and are hoping that 2021 brings some good news for a change.  The Conversation Project in Boulder County will continue to be here to serve our community—to help you with advance directive documents, facilitate important values-based conversations, and even get a safe hug.  To support our ongoing work, please consider a donation.  All of our services remain free to all.

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