Season 3, Ep. 43
It was April of 2017 when Garrick and the late Kinsloe Kelley Colwell, LMFT, invited over 20 Austin area healthcare professionals to meet and discuss ways in which they couldassist the Central Texas community in becoming aware of the importanceof completing their advance care directives.Over the next few months, the group met and decided to offer educational programs and resources through a non-profit organization they would call Kitchen Table Conversations.They felt the name of the organization would encourage people to have the end of life conversations in the comfort of their homes instead ofduringa medical crisis in the ICU.July 1, 2017, this web site was launched. The first workshop was offered the following month.In October, AARP of Central Texas began sponsoringThe 3 Ds of Advance Care Planning:How to Decide, Discuss, and Document Your End of Life Wishesworkshops.In 2020 AARP will sponsor four such webinars that will reachthousands of Central Texans.These workshops are facilitated by Garrick Colwell, President, and CEO of Kitchen Table Conversations.Garrick has been a Hospice Volunteer since 1987, servingas an on-callhospital and hospice chaplain. He is aRespecting Choices® Person-Centered CareFirst Steps® Advance Care Planning Certified Instructor and Facilitator.As aCertified Grief Recovery Specialist,he co-created with Hospice AustinConversationsOn Grief, a monthly online grief support program. As a volunteer, heco-facilitates drop-in and loss of spouse grief support groups.Garrick has completed over 200 hours of study with a grief expert David Kessler atgrief.com. David is the author of five bestselling books on grief. His first book,The Needs of the Dying,is a #1 best-selling hospice book praised by Mother Teresa. He co-authored with thelegendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD, bothOn Grief and GrievingandLife Lessons.David's most recent bookFinding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief,waspublished in November 2019.Recently, Garrick completed 240 hours of training with the author, educator, and griefcounselor Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., CT, and holds aDeath and Grief Studiescertificate fromthe internationally recognized Center for Loss and Life Transition, a privatean organization founded by Dr. Wolfelt that is dedicated tofurthering our understanding of grief.In 2020 Kitchen Table Conversations began offering their Grief Education webinar series.Topics, dates, and times can be found on our Home Page; click on Grief Education.Garrick can be reached at 512-787-3402 orgarrick@KitchenTableConversations.orgHost a Kitchen Table Conversations Webinar, Activity, or EventIf you're interested in hosting a FREE workshop, activity, or event onAdvance Care Planningfor your company, faith community orspecial interest group,please call us today at512-787- 3402.