From its inception, the mission of The Conversation Project (TCP), an initiative in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), has been to ensure that everyone’s wishes for end-of-life care are expressed and respected. The project began with a deep awareness that too many people are not dying in the way they would choose; and too many survivors are left depressed, guilty, and uncertain whether they have done the right thing. The Conversation Project is not about promoting any specific approach to end-of-life care; instead, it seeks to encourage and support people in expressing their wishes for care.
In the three years since it began, TCP has worked to get people to come to the kitchen table to talk about their wishes regarding end-of-life care with the people they love before there is a crisis, and to engage health systems to respect these wishes. As Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Conversation Project founder, Ellen Goodman states, "All too often we focus on the question, 'What's the matter with you?' when we should be asking, 'What matters to you?'"
The Conversation Project offers people the tools, guidance and resources they need to begin talking with their loved ones about what matters to them.