Boulder Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi with author Sara Davidson.

(Photo: Courtesy of Carl Studna)
We all have one thing in common: we will die. But before that time comes, will you have given it some thought? 

Colorado Matters' series "Peaceful at the End" is about death, but it’s not a downer. The conversations are uplifting, and even funny.

In this series, we meet a Boulder rabbi who’s actually practicing for death. We get introduced to “death cafes,” which are catching on in Colorado. And we talk with a musician who plays the harp at people’s deathbeds. Also in the series, the latest trends in grave markers. Turns out, there's even an uplifting way to look at headstones.

At the height of her career as a concert harpist, Carolyn Kuban left the applause behind to become a healing harpist, helping to soothe the suffering of others. The journey has taken her to the bedsides of the dying.
 
The influential Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi shares his thoughts about the end of life with Boulder author Sara Davidson in the book “The December Project.”
 
Got a question you are dying to ask about funerals or the afterlife? Just want to chat about death? Kindred spirits gather at death cafes.
 
Modern grave markers can combine computer designs and smartphone apps with handmade drawings to create digitized stencils and sandblast intricate artwork on to the stones.