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27 and prepared

By Lindsay
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November 12th is my 28th birthday. As I inch closer to 30, my friends like to joke around that I’d better get ready to settle down. “When are you getting married? When will you buy a house? Isn’t it time for you to have children? It’s time to become an adult!” They’re kidding of course– none of those things are in the cards for me just yet. While I may not be pregnant or in escrow yet, or even close,... more »

I had the conversation with my parent .

Life Before Death

By John Martin
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Life Before Death Kathy Day, a Certified Professional Coach, recommended that I watch www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal. My wife and I were tending to a friend who was struggling valiantly to regain her life after heart surgery. I’m glad that I put off looking at the video until after Carol died because, now that she is gone, I have much more objectivity.  Before she died, there was always the question of how and when death would come or if life would be regained.... more »

I had the conversation with my friend .



By Kevin
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I had the privilege of caring for an 83-year-old gentleman who had been experiencing chest pain since the prior evening. He attempted to tough-it out by taking Nitroglycerin under his tongue. His spirited wife had accompanied him to the Emergency Department and was on top of the situation by knowing his medication, underlying heart condition and his wishes. He had significant blockages in most of his heart arteries and was not a viable candidate for cardiac stents or bypass surgery.... more »

I had the conversation .

Trout Parable

By John
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This is an 11 minute video story (for children and parents) about “meaning,” told from the point of view of two trout who come to recognize that all life carries risk and must end… And that rather than robbing a life of meaning, mortality actually has a way of elevating the meaning of a life.

I had the conversation .

EOL Care Conversation

By Alexandra Wallace
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I discussed with my husband how I would like to be taken care of in the end of my life. I definitely do not want to be kept alive by machines. I don’t want to be buried- I would rather be cremated. Although my husband’s wishes about end of life care didn’t line up with mine exactly, we agreed to respect each other’s wishes, which gives us both peace of mind.

I had the conversation with my spouse .

Procrastination Stopped In Time

By Jody
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Our family, always so close and loving, had had the “Conversation” around the dinner table many times over the years. I was a Hospice Nurse, familiar with my parents wishes, yet somehow the Directive forms I’d provided for them never got witnessed and signed. They promised they would get around to it… they were only in their early 60’s, there seemed to be plenty of time… Suddenly, at age 63, Mom had a stroke. Thankfully she survived with good cognitive... more »

I had the conversation with my parent .