Is your family one that loves to play board games? Looking for a new one for that next family gathering? Well, say hello to Hello, a new game available for purchase from Common Practice, meant to stimulate conversations around living, dying and what matters most in life. Viewed as a method to start and stimulate discussion, this game has been studied by researchers at Penn State who found that 75% of chronically ill participants who played the game with their caregivers went on to complete some type of advance care planning mechanism, which is a much higher percentage of people than is usually the case. In press now for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, read more about this study Here. And once you realize the benefits of advance planning, you may also want to begin to consider another sort of planning- as described in this new book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, by Margareta Magnusson. Apparently, in Swedish culture, there is a long history of taking on the task of downsizing and distributing your material possessions as you get on in years, so as to simplify your life and take a burden off your survivors. So take out your broom and dust pan, begin sweeping, and watch Magnusson talk about this process Here.