How do you start the conversation?
Consider the Conversation Game


How do you
start the conversation?

There is much written about the need to start the conversation. For patients and families, the why matters most.
"To get the care I want."
"To have a say in my care."
"To be treated with dignity.
Once people understand why the conversation is important to their future care, the what and how are easier.
"Whenever we use the Conversation Game within a session on ACP the trainees give positive feedback, often stating that it puts it into context and offers an opportunity for excellent interactive learning."
-GP Commissioner

What's The Conversation Game?

The Conversation Game helps to facilitate exploring patient wishes and values.This deck of 36 cards provide an easy way to think and talk about what's important if you were to become seriously ill. Each card has a single phrase on them in large print, based on research of patients and carers facing the end of life and the key things that would matter most to them.

Used now by thousands of health and social care professionals, educators and in each of our facilitated training and community engagement processes, the research based* Conversation Game is the one tool that assists the public, staff and communities to start the conversation. It is nearly impossible to see the phrases on the cards and not have an opinion, a reaction, a response-all of which are conversation starters.

Developed originally by a group of hospice and palliative care organisations in
the US, to assist people in starting (ACP) conversations.They have been reviewed and amended by the Lancaster University End of Life Care Observatory Peer Educators, and used in the nationally endorsed Conversations for Life public health pilot, and now are being used by staff across health and social care in the UK and abroad. Most recently, a study reported patient's preferred the use of the Conversation Game Cards to a list approach of statements of wishes: J Clin Oncol 33, 2015 (suppl 29S; abstr 44)
You've spoken. We've listened.
We hope to help as many educators, facilitators and staff add our approach and tools to your toolkit, as part of your own awareness, education or community engagement initiatives in 2016. With requests internationally about the Conversations for Life approach and materials, we have spent the last 6 months re-designing ways we can help support you to achieve the benefits we have seen facilitating more than 2000 staff, 8 communities and hundreds of members of the public to engage in the conversation.
Years on, I’m still using the tools with patients and families.”-Admiral Nurse
Each newsletter, we will be launching a new product or pack with instructions for use by facilitators, staff or educators internationally.

This newsletter's special: The Conversation Game
"An FY2 reflected that he identified family was so important to him using the cards but he hardly acknowledged the family involvement of his patients in his work, he vowed to alter his practice to explore further with his patients how much to include family in information and decision making."-GP Commissioner
“I attended a workshop for Chaplains and had terrific feedback from the use of the cards. Well done.-PHINE Network

It helped our patient who couldn't speak have the conversation...

A patient of ours was severely agitated, yet couldn’t speak due to a trach. Our team couldn’t find a way to help her communicate. I’d been on your course and had the cards with me. I told her that we knew something was bothering her, and we wanted to help her. I showed her the card pack and said, there were phrases on these cards that others found important-concerns, wishes. I left them with her and said if she felt like it, to take a look. No pressure. And they may not speak to her.
Yet if any of these phrases were her concerns, to let us know.

The next day, her daughter was visiting-sitting on the bedside of her mother. There was a single card on the bed between them. “Not to be a burden on my family.” They both wept and hugged. It allowed them to express what they needed to. Her anxiety and agitation dropped significantly afterwards.

-Acute Trust RN


Conversations for Life
(+44) 01539 822 343

Autumn Offer

To help YOU make sure you have more tools to support patient's and families wishes in the New Year, we are offering:

  • One free pack of the Conversation Game for every 4 packs ordered between 1November-31December, 2015.  To have them shipped immediately click here.
  • Conversation Game Affiliates for 2016! We are designing a way for the Conversation Game to benefit you AND your organisation. If you or your organisation promotes end of life conversations and care and are interested in promoting the Conversation Game to those you serve (via a simple website link), we will reimburse you quarterly 10% for any orders placed through your website link. We handle the printing, shipping, order fulfillment. You have a link on your website that directs people to order cards from our site. Contact us to receive details to get ready for 2016. Imagine all those we can help start the conversation with this simple tool.

The Conversation Game is one of the best tools we've found to help family members, staff and patients explore their quality of life wishes for the future. Many
thanks to those who write telling us how helpful these have been.

The Conversation Game 

Cards can be ordered internationally online by clicking here
They come in packs of 2 or more decks as follows (click directly on the quantity level below to redirect to our order page):
Start the Conversation:     2 pack
For individuals, organisations wanting to sample them first, or staff who haven’t yet had this conversations with their own parents/children:

Small Group Conversation Starter:     4 pack or 8 pack
Holding a Death Café? Have a support group? Passionate about spreading the word?

Facilitator Packs:         16 pack
Facilitating a community group or staff team meeting?        

Staff or System-wide awareness or education:        32 or 64 pack
For larger orders and shipping costs, please contact us at:

To learn more or to order, click here.

More than a conversation.

 In contrast to system based approaches to advance care planning,  Conversations for Life was developed in 2006 to support patient and family-centred conversations that support what matters most for our future care.

We provide consultancy and community engagement facilitation to forward thinking health, hospice and social care organisations, and train experienced facilitators in the approach and materials we've designed to inspire more people to engage in conversations about living and dying well in the communities where we live.

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