How We Got Started

Garrick C Colwell

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Advance Care Planning, End of Life 

and Grief Educator

Kinsloe Kelley Colwell

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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 invited over 20 Austin 

area healthcare professionals to meet and discuss ways in which they could assist 

the Central Texas community become 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 would encourage people to have end of life conversations in the comfort of their homes instead of 

during a 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 sponsoring The 3 Ds of Advance Care 

Planning: How to Decide, Discuss and Document Your End of Life Wishes workshops. 

In 2020 AARP will sponsor four such workshops that will reach 

thousands 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, 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. 


From 2014 to 2019, Garrick served his late wife Kinsloe as her patient advocate, 

full-time caregiver and end of life companion. 


As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, he co-created with Hospice Austin Conversations 

On Grief, a monthly online grief support program.


Garrick has completed over 100 hours of study with David Kessler, grief specialist at grief.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; and he co-authored with the 

legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD both On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons

David's most recent book Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief 

was published in November 2019.


Recently, Garrick completed 180 hours of training with author, educator and grief counselor Alan Wolfelt, PhD, CT, and received a Death and Grief Studies certificate from the 

internationally recognized Center for Loss and Life Transition, a private 

organization founded by Dr. Wolfelt that is dedicated to 

furthering our understanding of grief.  


Garrick can be reached at 512-787-3402 or

 garrick@KitchenTableConversations.org  



 

Host a Kitchen Table Conversations Workshop, Activity or Event

If you're interested in hosting a FREE workshop, activity or event on 

Advance Care Planning  for your company, faith community or 

special interest group,  please call us today at 

512-787- 3402


Vision - Mission - Goal

Vision

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We envision a community in which the end of life wishes of all people are honored and respected.
 

Mission

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We provide education and resources that empower Central Texans to have end of life conversations with loved ones and health care providers and to legally document their wishes ensuring those choices are honored and respected. 

Goal

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We become an integral part of end of life care conversations within our community.