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Let's talk about death over dinner
Episode 1051st August 2022 • Hey, Boomer • Wendy Green
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There are a few subjects that most of us avoid talking about with friends and family, really with just about everyone. Money, politics and death.

The statistics show that 75% of Americans want to die at home, but only 25% actually do. The statistics show that more bankruptcies occur due to medical expenses, particularly end of life expenses.

Not having the conversation about how you want to die can be a costly omission as well as a missed opportunity for bonding and closeness between family and friends.

Michael Hebb, founder of has created a way to host a dinner conversation about death while breaking bread and building connection.

He has found that deep interpersonal relationships are formed when talking about difficult topics. Having a dinner is easy! We walked through the process and even tried a sample question.

Let's Talk about Death is Michael's book about the subject and the process.

Episode Takeaways:

1. Don't be discouraged when loved ones show resistance to talking about death over dinner. Think of it as a courtship. Be patient and gentle

2. Thinking about generations over dinner, how "generation diverse" are you? Could you invite 3, 4, 7 generations to dinner. 

3. Talking about our mortality is the thing that gives us the most clarity, vitality and sense of purpose.

Thanks so much for listening.

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– Wendy Green is a Certified Life Coach, working with people going through the sometimes uncomfortable life transition from full-time work to “what’s next.” Find out more about Wendy’s 6-week “What’s Next Transition” Coaching workshop

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