Advance Care Planning, End of Life
and Grief Educator
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
July 26, 1956 to February 12, 2019
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 could assist the Central Texas community in becoming aware of
the importance of 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's name
would encourage people to have the end of life conversations in the comfort
of their homes instead of during a medical crisis in the ICU.
July 1, 2017, this website was launched. The first workshop was offered
the following month. In October, AARP of Central Texas began sponsoring
The 3 Ds of Advance Care Planning: How to Decide, Discuss, and
Document Your End of Life Wishes workshops.
These workshops, which are now webinars, are facilitated by Garrick Colwell, President and CEO of Kitchen Table Conversations. Garrick has been a Hospice Volunteer since 1987, serving as an on-call hospital and hospice chaplain.
He is a Respecting Choices® Person-Centered Care First Steps® Advance
Care Planning Certified Instructor and Facilitator.
As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, he co-created with Hospice Austin
Conversations On Grief, a monthly online grief support program. As a
volunteer, he co-facilitates drop-in and loss of spouse
grief support groups.
Garrick is a Certified Grief Educator through grief expert David Kessler
at grief.com. And holds a Death and Grief Studies certificate from the
internationally recognized Center for Loss and Life Transition,
a private organization founded byDr. Wolfelt that is dedicated
to furthering our understanding of grief.
In addition to offering advance care planning webinars, Kitchen Table
Conversations also offers webinars on End of Life Planning and Grief.
Topics, dates, and times can be found on our Home Page.
Garrick can be reached at 512-787-3402 or
Host a Kitchen Table Conversations Webinar, Activity, or Event
If you're interested in hosting a FREE webinar, workshop, activity, or event on
End of Life Planning, Advance Care Planning, or Grief Education for your
the company, faith community or special interest group,
please call us today at 512-787- 3402
We envision a community in which the end of life wishes of all people are honored and respected. And that each person's grief is witness with kindness and compassion.
We provide education and resources that empower peoiple to have end of life planning, advance care planning and grief and mourning conversations with loved
ones and health care providers.
We become an integral part of end of life planning, advance care planning and grief
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