DEATH CONVERSATION GAME

WHY TALK ABOUT DEATH
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WHY TALK ABOUT DEATH?

- Angela Fama (DCG Founder), How Talking About Death Can Make You Happy

"We may achieve peace - our own inner peace as well as peace between nations - by facing and accepting the reality of our own death.”
- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, On Death and Dying

“Death affects everyone. It is inevitable, certain in fact. Death affected me. I was not immune. It literally stopped me in my tracks, forced me to face grief in a way I’d never experienced before… somehow we generally still haven’t figured out how to talk about death. There is shock and so many revelations when dealing with the death of a loved one. It really is time to figure out how to have conversations about death."
- Sharon Hartung, Your Digital Undertaker

“To die is to be human and anything human is mentionable. Anything mentionable is manageable."
- Mister Rogers, TV Host, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

“By dodging the talk about our inevitable end, we put both out pocketbooks and our ability to mourn at risk."
- Caitlin Doughty, From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find The Good Death

“We have to get political and start to reclaim this process from the medicalized model in which it’s going."
- Peter Saul, Let’s Talk About Dying

“There is a 'Momentum' going on with all of us, with every breath, with every heart beat, we are that much closer to our end… Better is possible. We can die and care for our dead better. We can face our cultural alienation from death head-on, and it starts with love - of our family and friends, of our communities, and of our earth."
- Rochelle Martin, Let's Talk About Death

"For all our progress, we still die, and most of us have an awkward relationship with that reality. We have trouble talking about it. It is scary and uncomfortable… If we wade into the emotional and experiential complexity of the individual situation by watching and listening and by being willing to talk about difficult subjects, we can learn what (is needed).”
- Timothy Gillian, Talking About Death

"Talking about death may help people work through their fears and better understand what they want during end-of-life and also make one ’s care preferences known to others... Having more conversations about death makes it less hard to take.
- Andrea Lambert South, Contradictions and Promise for EOL Communication among Family and Friends: Death over Dinner Conversations


“Discussions about end-of-life values, wishes, and beliefs are critical for effective advance care."
- Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, Conversation Game Effectively Engages Groups of Individuals in Discussions about Death and Dying

LEARNING FROM CHILDREN

“I think if children talked more about it (death), it would be better, because if someone dies that you know, you’re going to be really upset, and if you’ve never talked about it, it would be harder for you.
- Justine (10YRS)

"Yeah, because you can talk about death as a celebration of life, and talk about life and death together. They tell children all about life, and how you are born, but not about dying. It would be better to talk about dying.
- Lottie (10YRS)

"The dead are more present in society now than ever before… death is a ubiquitous part of human existence, and our understanding of, and approaches to it, are continually changing. However, our thoughts, impressions and inspirations are predominantly constructed and viewed through the experiences and perspectives of adults.”
- Sarah Coombs, Death Wears a T-shirt – Listening to Young People Talk About Death



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