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“The way we die lives on in the memory of those who survive”.

Dame Cicely Saunders

Let's Start The Conversation

All of us will experience death at some point in our lives, and too many people die in a place they wouldn’t choose and in circumstances they aren’t happy with.

Why do we find it so hard to talk about? 

While talking about death and dying might be uncomfortable or upsetting, experience shows that having conversations about these subjects within families and communities, and with our health care professionals, can help us prepare practically and emotionally.  


Planning ahead doesn't have to be scary or difficult - why shouldn’t we talk about what we would like so that our final days and hours are as happy as they can be?


Thinking, talking, sharing and writing down what is important to you about your future takes time.

So, why not start the conversation today.


To help you Start the Conversation about death and dying, please join one of our free workshops.

You will learn more about Advance Care Planning and tips to help you start the conversation, with the space and permission to share your own thoughts and stories, and the opportunity to ask questions and learn from each other.

Mon 22 Jan 2024 2:00 - 4:00pm

Fri 23 Feb 2024 10.30am - 12.30pm

Tues 19 Mar 2024 6:00 - 8:00pm

Thurs 18 Apr 2024 2:00 - 4:00pm

Mon 24 June 2024 6:00 - 8:00pm

Tues 23 July 2024 2:00 - 4:00pm

Mon 19 Aug 2024 10.30am - 12.30pm

Thurs 19 Sept 2024 6:00 - 8:00pm

Fri 18 Oct 2024 2:00 - 4:00pm

Thurs 21 Nov 2024 10.30am - 12.30pm

Tues 10 Dec 2024 6:00 - 8:00pm


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Our Start The Conversation leaflet to help you get started.

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Our free Advance Care Statement template to help you think ahead, describe what’s important to you and ensure other people know your wishes for the future.


Death Café


You are warmly invited to join in our online Death Café, where a group of strangers gather to discuss death! And since we are meeting virtually we recommend you bring your own cuppa and cake!

A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes rather than a grief support or counselling session.

More Information

Start the Conversation is a community collaboration between Isabel Hospice, Hertfordshire County Council and NHS partners, to help people start thinking and talking about their end of life wishes, and then share that information with others.

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