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Lindsay

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,... Read More

I had the conversation with my parent.

Just couldn’t find the right moment

By Jill
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My Dad was a lovely gentle private man. He went to live and work in East Africa when he and my mother first got married in 1950 and he had an extensive, varied and most enjoyable ex patriot life. Moving from East to West Africa, and then South, finally ending up in the Caribbean, where he spent 20 years or more in a very happy retirement. He was a very community minded man, and he engaged in several projects as... Read More

I wish I had the conversation .

Did they know I loved them?

By Carol
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In 1979 I moved from Indiana, my home state, to CA., a state I experienced briefly when I enlisted in the Navy at age 18. I told myself as I walked the streets of San Francisco, “Carol, one day you will live near the Golden Gate Bridge.” I was happy to have left Indiana as it was a state that held very dark memories for me. Now at age 75.11, I have experienced writing my “life story.” The only member... Read More

I wish I had the conversation .

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Dignified end I wanted for my mum dad

By Joanne pegna
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My mum was diagnosed with larynx cancer , she had already had breast cancer and that was fully cured. She had the larynx removed in 2006. It was a very very difficult time the years that followed lots of hospital appointments ,radiation , operation to stretch her throat and very scary for her living with the fear of the stoma getting blocked, which it did with mucus and she had a valve to help her speak, in 2009 she was... Read More

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A Gentle End to a Life Well-Lived

By Eileen
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My wonderful great-aunt was widowed in 1986; her husband died of a sudden aneurysm. Her son moved 8 hours away and rarely visited, and for the last 14 years of her life, she spent holidays with our family. Despite her age, she was wonderfully active in her community. My mother and I took her to appointments, helped her move to assisted living, and made sure her needs were met. Great aunt was a very social lady and her diminishing eyesight... Read More

I had the conversation with my other relative.

A “good” death

By Rosemary
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I grew up with the blessing of living near all four of my grandparents. As they grew aged, they moved in with our family. When my maternal grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer, I was in nursing school studying the ideas of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross which I brought home to share with him. I was still asleep the morning he died at home with my mother holding his hand, but I think that the early conversations we had helped to frame... Read More

I had the conversation with my grandparent.