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Everyone has a story. About losing someone close. About what it was like to have the conversation. About not talking about wishes until it was too late.

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The Gift of Love

By Hector
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I am a lawyer who did not give “The Conversation” a second thought until my mother died unexpectedly during open heart surgery in 2010. My mother’s last words to me were “Take care of your...

I had the conversation with my parent .

For my father, with love and gratitude

By Deborah
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My father’s agitation the night before he died was explained to us only later by the hospice nurse who gently washed his body, disposed of the morphine left beside the bed, and filled out the...

I had the conversation with my parent .

We Never Talked About Emotions

By Joan
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My beloved and only grandparent was struggling with cancer and needed transfusions. She was totally demented, living in foster care, and had a very low quality of life. I was tasked by the family with...

I wish I had the conversation with my grandparent .


By Julia
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I am a Palliative Care APRN and Co-Chairperson of our Hospital Ethics Committee. I give presentations on the importance of having “the conversation” frequently. This case hits home as to how beneficial putting it in...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .

I tried many times…

By Hope
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As Mom got older, it got harder to have those meaningful conversations that I remember having with her as a child. Death was no stranger in our house as I grew up–faith and spiritual beliefs...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .

My Parents

By Lorraine
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By profession, I am a Social Worker. I wear multiple hats, including being a daughter to 2 wonderful parents who both believed in the importance of having their wishes known when they could no longer...

I had the conversation with my parent .