Is Talking about Death Good for Life?

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN)

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Includes complimentary CEUs

This webinar is based on the 2016 Aging in America Conference (AIA) workshop “Is Talking About Death Good for Life?” and the 2015 AIA workshop called “Death Cafes: Start with Death, End with Life, Leave with a Legacy.

In this web seminar we will share findings from a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of death awareness discussions (e.g., Death Cafes) on health behaviors and end-of-life planning among adults ages 50 and older. Listeners will participate in some activities in the intervention. Audience members will learn the value of hosting group discussions about death and dying for older adults in terms of impact on promoting social, emotional and physical health; increasing positive health behaviors; and, increasing the incidence of end-of-life planning. Listeners will also learn what aspects of death and dying are most important to older adults, what discussion questions generated the most data, and what the modal emotional reaction was to participating in the discussion group based on researcher observation. Implications for policy will also be shared.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Understand why humans inherently avoid the topic of death;
  • Discuss the negative and positive implications of thinking about death;
  • Understand if discussion groups about death promote health; and,
  • Facilitate a death awareness discussion group.


Dan Bulf, B.F.A., is president of Bold Experiences, Inc. and an expert facilitator and awareness generator

Jacquelyn Benson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri.