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Elephants are social
creatures and highly
sensitive and caring
express grief, compassion,
and play. They cry, have
incredible memories, and
Elephants pay homage.
When an elephant walks
past a place that a loved
one has died, he/she will
stop and hold a silent
pause that can last several
What a metaphor!
Our Mission is to create, facilitate and preserve essential family conversations in advance of
health care crises with a commitment to empathetic, jargon-free guidance and absolute respect
for the goals, wishes and values of the individual.
Imagine a community that comes to fear less and trust more. Imagine a society that sees death
as part of life, less taboo and frightening and more accessible and commonplace. Imagine
families who can help loved ones live until they die and have a conversational road map to help
them navigate the journey.
Our vision is for people to die better using the low-tech, high-empathy medium of face-to-face
conversation. We envision not a program but a process by which families, communities and
society as a whole can shift from fear of aging and death to a courageous, if sometimes painful,
embrace of them.
“It's always too soon until it's too late.”
Welcome to Conversation Academy!
So Why the Elephant?
With 32 million Baby Boomers moving into their retirement years, treating
conversation about death as the "elephant in the room," is no longer a