Discussing death and dying is difficult and often avoided even with family and close friends — but the Conversation Project is opening the door to talk about the difficult topic.

Andrea Cano, a hospital chaplain in Portland, will facilitate a pair of discussions titled “Talking About Dying.” The free program is Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Conference Room No. 2 at Good Shepherd Medical Center, 610 N.W. 11th St., Hermiston.

The Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to discuss important and challenging issues. The “Talking About Dying” series is facilitated by trained professionals from across the state working in the fields of chaplaincy, counseling, gerontology and hospice care. Jennifer Sasser, an educational gerontologist at Marylhurst University in Portland, will lead a discussion Wednesday, April 18 at 1 p.m. at Blue Mountain Community College, Hermiston.

Topics of other conversations throughout the state include race issues, finding accurate news sources, Oregon’s seafood industry and agriculture and food ethics. For more information, visit www.oregonhumanities.org/calendar.

For questions about “Talking about Dying,” contact 541-667-3509 or healthinfo@gshealth.org.

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