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Interprofessional Education – Death Over Dinner
September 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WSU Spokane Interprofessional Education offers Death Over Dinner, a team-based approach to end-of-life care. Open to students from all health professions. (Also offered on Sept. 11.)
We recently stumbled upon the work of a group of healthcare and wellness leaders who are committed to breaking the taboo regarding conversations about end of life. Their project “Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death” aims to inspire an ever-growing community of people to talk about an often-not-discussed topic—death and dying. As the opening statement on their website notes “How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having.”
Students and faculty share dinner and engage in this important discussion. It is not meant to be a morbid conversation, but instead a very human one where we consider what we want, both in life and during its closure. Through sharing our thoughts and feelings on this subject, we can more readily move through our fears, shed inhibitions, and forge deeper understanding and connection with our loved ones. To learn more about this unique project, visit http://deathoverdinner.org/. We take the project one step further and have IP groups of students talk about how teams can provide compassionate end of life care.