Death Over Dinner Nov. 19

Director: ‘The most important conversation America isn’t having’

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The Grand County Hospice wants to address the “taboo surrounding death” at its fifth annual Death Over Dinner event Nov. 19. Photo courtesy of Moab Regional Hospital

Grand County Hospice hosts the Fifth Annual Death Over Dinner event at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19, a Tuesday, at Seekhaven Chapel, 100 North and 300 East.

Death Over Dinner seeks to “break down barriers and address the taboo surrounding death,” said hospice Director Jessica Walsh in an email.

“The dinner table provides the perfect environment for this very human conversation,” said Walsh. The Moonflower Community Cooperative and Moab Brewery will provide a “beautiful, fall-inspired meal.”

“How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having,” said Walsh. Citing a national survey by The Conversation Project conducted in 2013, Walsh said that while more than 90 percent of people think “it’s important to talk about their loved ones and their own wishes for end-of-life care,” fewer than 30 percent have actually done so.

Donations will be accepted but are not required to attend. Seating is limited. RSVP by Nov. 11 to 435-719-3772 or [email protected]. Attendees will be provided literature and other information upon registration “in order to inspire thought on the subject,” said Walsh.

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