A new game has been launched to get people talking about difficult end-of-life issues. Called Hello, players go around the table answering questions. It is designed to be easy and non-threatening and for everyone to play and is a way to open discussion for the sick or elderly to begin advance care planning conversations.

“Who haven’t you talked to in more than six months that you would want to talk to before you died?”

“What music do you want to be listening to on your last day alive?”

“Which is more frightening to imagine: Suffering the worst physical pain of your life or not getting a chance to say goodbye to your family?”

Made by Common Practice, the game has brought together families, friends, organisations and health care teams to promote conversations about living and dying well. The topics range from the logistical (“If you needed help going to the bathroom today, who is the first person you would ask? Who would you never be able to ask?”) to the abstract (What do you think happens to you after you leave this life?”). Players can give out “thank you chips” to others players which creates “an economy of gratitude” within the game.

According to the designer, Nick Jehlen, “It’s challenging, and sometimes people do cry, but what we’ve really done is create a set of structures that help people be supportive of each other. Almost every time I play with a new group, people share things they have never talked about before, and just as importantly, they feel good about it.”

Importantly, 75% of people who play Hello go on to take steps towards Advance Care Planning within a few months.

Read more about the game Hello at Common Practice’s website.