Death isn’t particularly a great topic for discussion around the dinner table. However, Ohio residents who are thinking about estate planning might consider doing what many others have been doing, and that’s hosting a dinner party for family and close friends to actually discuss the end of life. This get-together can lead to talks about estate plan particulars like wills and last wishes. The idea may appear a little grim at first, but the discussion has to take place anyway, so many people are thinking, why not do it while sharing a nice meal?

When people are sharing food, they are more relaxed, and the discussions can be thoughtful ones. Experts suggest breaking the ice with questions like wishes about a funeral. Does the person want a traditional funeral or one that is more laid back and a celebration of life? Talk can center around what the person wants to happen with his or her personal belongings and whether or not they have a will.

There is even a burgeoning movement called Death Over Dinner, and its founder says the dinner table is the best place to have these kinds of discussions. The setting is a supportive one, which allows people to open up and to feel less anxious about an almost taboo subject. Having this discussion can be more light-hearted when seated at the dinner table with good food, a little wine and loved ones.

Estate planning is important for all Ohio residents. Talking to loved ones about it is never easy. If having a dinner party makes people more comfortable discussing end-of-life issues like wills, powers of attorney, trusts and health care directives, then create a list of people to invite and get planning.