- November 12, 2018
- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Please RSVP! Refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend.
Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner
with author Michael Hebb in conversation
with Laurel Braitman
Sound Bath Opening Ritual by Rebecca Thieneman
November 12th, 7 PM Namaste Hall
5 years ago Michael Hebb launched Death Over Dinner and since then there have been over 200,000 dinners in at least 30 countries. His new book is, Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner, published by Hachette. It is a deep dive into what he has learned by having this important conversation. It is time that the conversation about end of life and the more important one about how we want to live finally comes out of the shadows.
Michael Hebb cofounded Death Over Dinner-an organization that encourages people to pull up a chair, break bread, and really talk about the one thing we all have in common. Death Over Dinner has been one of the most effective end-of-life awareness campaigns to date; in just three years, it has provided the framework and inspiration for more than a hundred thousand dinners focused on having these end-of-life conversations. As Arianna Huffington said, "We are such a fast-food culture, I love the idea of making the dinner last for hours. These are the conversations that will help us to evolve."
Let's Talk About Death (over Dinner) offers keen practical advice on how to have these same conversations-not just at the dinner table, but anywhere. There's no one right way to talk about death, but Hebb shares time- and dinner- tested prompts to use as conversation starters, ranging from the spiritual to the practical, from analytical to downright funny and surprising. By transforming the most difficult conversations into an opportunity, they become celebratory and meaningful-ways that not only can change the way we die, but the way we live.
Laurel Braitman is a New York Times bestselling author, historian and anthropologist of science. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Wired and other publications.
Her last book, Animal Madness (Simon & Schuster 2015) was a NYT bestseller and has been translated into seven languages. She is currently a Writer-in-Residence at the Medicine & the Muse Program at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she's busy helping physicians tell better stories--for themselves and their patients via courses, workshops, speaker-coaching and individual mentoring.