What is The Conversation Project?

The mission of The Conversation Project in Utah is to build community awareness and foster meaningful and effective conversations about care when facing a serious or life-limiting illness. The shared understanding of wishes, values and preferences is a gift for everyone. If we, as a community, can come together and talk about our hopes, fears, concerns and plans for our health care through all stages of life, it can be both empowering and comforting. By shifting the focus from "What's the matter with you?" to "What matters to you?" we'll have much better experiences with our health care system, with our families and with each other.

Our goal is that these discussions empower Utahns of all ages and at all stages to think about what matters most to them and to their loved ones if faced with a serious or life-limiting illness. That understanding can improve health outcomes and quality of life, while also reducing anxiety. In a national survey, 63 percent of Americans said that they’ve had a personal or family experience with palliative care, end-of-life care, or hospice care. However, only half say they were prepared for that experience. Now is the time to think about — and share — what matters most to you if you fall seriously ill.


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What is the Starter Kit?

The Starter Kit is a useful tool to help you talk with your loved ones and caregivers about what matters to you most. The questions are starting points – no single guide or conversation can cover all the decisions you or your family may face. The Kit just gets you started.

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“The Conversation Project emphasizes having a conversation on values — what matters to you, not what‘s the matter with you.”

– Ellen Goodman, Co-Founder & Director

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