Some of the key stories and tools we've gathered to help families, staff and educators make a difference can be found here.
I hope you find them helpful in your life, work or community as well. ~ Mary Matthiesen



The Conversation Game (tm) 2 Pack Dying to Make a Difference
Price: £24.00
Price: £9.99
Who can benefit from using the game?

The game offers a great tool to facilitate discussions, getting people to think and talk about positive values and goals for having the best end of life possible.

  • Social workers, health educators and care home staff, or anyone meeting with patients and their loved ones to start conversations about end of life care
  • Hospice workers to stimulate discussions about what the patient may hope for
  • Physicians can use the game with a patient who doesn’t have anyone to act on their behalf, to give them a chance to understand what goals and values are guiding the treatment decisions the patient is making
  • A Patient to help them articulate their priorities and concerns
  • A Mother, daughter, father, sister, brother (healthy or ill) who wants to open the conversation with a partner, parent, family member or friend
  • In health education classes on advance care planning to help patients and their potential advocate compare and discuss priorities that they hold in common, and to discover where their priorities differ
  • Community members in local meetings, at family gatherings and in religious discussion groups
  • Individuals with elderly parents or young adult children to help prepare for their possible role as health care spokesperson


The cards have been field tested in the US and the UK and are licensed for distribution to the Conversations for Life programme by Coda Alliance USA.

For More Information about the cards, how they work, and where they came from, download our full FAQ here.

Note: At this time, we are only able to offer flat rate shipping: 2.00GBP for the UK, and 20.00GBP for shipping to the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan.
Dying to Make A Difference
One woman's liberating journey to heed life's call after her mother's death-and the legacy that's possible when we do.
by Mary Matthiesen

Part memoir, part call to action, Dying to Make a Difference is a story about the power we each hold to learn from our experience after the death of a loved one. To make a difference. Change our future. One conversation, one choice at a time. With honesty and humor, Mary's unexpected journey to heed life's call after her mother's death paints a picture of the possibilities and the pitfalls, including a vision of what's possible for our future when we each make the difference we are uniquely called to make-living AND dying well. Told by a baby boomer woman who’s personal journey is about encouraging us all to do just that.

Available to ship internationally by ordering directly, also available on Amazon or Kindle.

Facilitator Training With Trainer Resources
Price: £750.00
Conversations for Life Facilitator Training
Are you a passionate educator/facilitator looking for new ways to engage your social care, care home, health or hospice staff in supporting end of life conversations with patients and families in their care?

Simple Tools to Start the Conversation: 2 day Facilitator Training for Experienced Facilitator/Educators
Price includes expert facilitation and training delivered by our lead facilitators, coffee, tea and lunch at our South Lake District (UK) Training Venue (Accommodation not included)

Not in England? Can't get away for 2 days?
A series of 6 X 2 hour Skype sessions, supported by the same resources is also available.
Sessions are booked for 2 or more facilitators simultaneously.

Course Resources
  • Trainers Guide
  • 150 page detailed guide with course background, powerpoint slides, step-by-step facilitator notes, timings, experiential exercises with sample delegate responses, evaluation forms, day of event signage, and sample quotes/outcomes from staff.
  • “Breaking the Silence” DVD for use in workshops
  • 16 packs of The Conversation Game for use in workshops
  • Annotated delegate pack for integration of workshop materials with delegate experience.
Purpose
  • Step by step manual for use in training your staff in our approach and materials
  • Experience of tools from both a delegate and facilitator perspective enhances facilitation skills post initial training.
  • Reference manual for on-going practice and additions.

SEE ALSO DELEGATE RESOURCE PACKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE SEPARATELY.
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