Coalition for Quality End of Life Care Newsletter
July 2017 News & Updates
Having the Conversation
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We talk frequently in this space, and in the Coalition in general, about the need for people to have conversations about end of life care. As someone who helps facilitate these conversations, I can tell you from first hand experience that it is a difficult conversation to start with your own family. I tried to have this conversation within my family, and it did not go well.

There is definitely something to  be said for having a trained professional schedule the meeting with families, and facilitate the meeting. When I am that professional, I do not have any emotional investment in the decisions that are made; my primary concern is to ensure everyone has all the information needed to make an informed decision. It's not that I don't care, rather, I will not judge anyone's decision, even if I disagree with it. It's not my place to  judge anyone's decision. Family members will of course have stronger feelings, especially if they disagree with a decision that is being made.Having a neutral professional guide the conversation can help the identified patient say things and make decisions that are right for them, and help family members who may be struggling with the decisions understand the decisions. 

Having a neutral professional facilitate the meeting can also keep conversations from becoming too emotional. These are hard things to talk about, but keeping the tone more neutral and matter of fact can help everyone talk openly.

There are lots of great resources out there to help people with these conversations, and we have some great resources on our website.
Upcoming Events
When Grief is Complicated
This DVD is an overview of work on complicated grief, and will include a live panel after the video for discussion.

Where: Baylor All Saints, Joan Katz Breast Center, 1st floor, Andrews Women's Hospital, 1400 8th Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104

When: Auust 11, 2017, 2 pm -- 4:30 pm


There is a $21 fee for 2.5 CEUs.


First Steps ®️ Advance Care Planning
Where: James L. West Alzheimer's Center
              1111 Summit 
              Fort Worth, TX 76102

When: September 8 Fee: $325

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2017

If registering between August 1-15,  email Kendra Belfi to be certain there are still seats available.

If you need financial assistance to pay for this training, there are scholarships available.

Good Ends Book Club

The book Traction will be discussed. This will be a discussion to reinvigorate and strengthen your business or non-profit.

When: September 14
            5:30--6:45

Where: James L. West Alzheimer's Center
             1111 Summit Avenue
             Fort Worth, TX 76102

Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided
Book Signing Event

Tim Madigan is a former journalist for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and he has written a new book with Patrick O'Malley on grief. Tim will be the Coalition's special guest speaker on September 28. Watch this space for more information on this exciting event!

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