Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Engage with Grace at Join the Blog Rally. Pass it on. #EWG

Some Conversations are Easier than Others
Take Time this Holiday Season to Ask Your Loved Ones about Their End-of-Life Wishes

Last Thanksgiving weekend, many of bloggers across the Internet participated in the first documented “blog rally” to promote Engage With Grace – a movement to get more and more people talking about their end of life wishes.
It was a great success, with over 100 bloggers in the healthcare space and beyond participating and spreading the word. Plus, it was timed to coincide with Thanksgiving weekend when most of us are with the very people with whom we should be having these tough conversations – our closest friends and family.
At the heart of Engage With Grace are five questions designed to get the conversation started. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization wants to share these questions with you. They’re not easy questions, but they are important. Think about them, document them, share them.
Over the past year there’s been a lot of discussion around end of life. Throughout the year, the Engage With Grace team has been fortunate to hear many uplifting stories, as folks have used these five questions to initiate the conversation.
One man shared how surprised he was to learn that his wife’s preferences were not what he expected. Befitting this holiday, The One Slide, seen below, now stands sentry on their fridge.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Caring Connections provides a wide range of materials to help families talk about the care they would want and take steps to make their wishes know. This includes state-specific advance directive forms that can be downloaded free-of-charge. Visit Caring Connections at or call 1-800-658-8898.
Learn more about Engage With Grace at
To download The One Slide or for suggestions on using it, go to

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