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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 .

The conversation takes courage

By Chris
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My husband died a little over a month ago of a fierce cancer that he fought for nine years. He had great doctors and good hospice care, but I would not say that he had a “good” death. He caught pneumonia and died struggling to breathe. I had had him transferred from home to hospice’s inpatient facility where I hoped he could be more comfortable. I was utterly exhausted and went home to catch a few hours of sleep. He... Read More

I wish I had the conversation with my spouse .

Don’t Let Me suffer

By Arlene
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My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer when she was 78 years old. Her doctor gently told her that she had 3 to 6 months to live and offered her radiation and chemotherapy. She said she’d ‘think about it’ and as she was discharged from the hospital, she told me she didn’t want to go back into the hospital and didn’t want to have chemo or radiation. I asked her if she was afraid of anything and she said she... Read More

I had the conversation with my parent .

My Story

By Eli
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As an 80 year old person I have made my peace with my maker. Last year I had a life saving operation where a large cancerous tumor was successfully removed from from my left kidney. This convinced me that I am not going to live forever. There are issues that concern me. It is not dying. It is about being stricken with something like Altzheimers which will turn me into a burden on my family and the society I live... Read More

I wish I had the conversation .

Things You Learn in Hospice Care

By Kristin
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My older sister is 32 years old with a 12-year-old daughter. We all live together in a house that we are renting in a mid-size college town. About 2 or 3 years ago, my sister was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and sarcoidosis. There are some days that she can barely use her hands due to the swelling and stiffness. Before her diagnosis, she had broken an elbow, broken her arm, sprained both of her ankles on multiple occasions, and had... Read More

I had the conversation with my sibling .

End-of-life Decisions: Can’t We Talk About It?

By besmartbewell.com
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When it comes to end of life, research suggests many people have specific ideas for how they would like to spend their last days. Surveys also indicate the majority of people do not want their family to feel burdened by tough decisions regarding their end-of-life care. What’s more, many agree that they should ask loved ones about their end-of-life wishes. And yet, hardly anyone is talking about end-of-life decisions with their family and loved ones. “The difference between a good... Read More

I had the conversation .