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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.

Explore these stories that others have shared, and if you’d like, tell us your own story. Hearing about other people’s experiences can be a good way to get your own conversation started.

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An unfulfilled promise

By Sherrie
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 I had the conversation.  But we didn’t follow up the conversation by putting those thoughts onto paper and into a legal document.  As a result I wasn’t able to fulfill the promise I had made...

I had the conversation with my grandparent .

My mother never told us her wishes

By Alexandra
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 My mother was a very private person who hated conflict and didn’t directly express her wishes or thoughts on treatment options. Nor did we really understand what gave meaning to her life.  We did know...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .

I have made my feelings known to my family

By Naoma
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 Anyone who knows me, knows how I feel about the “end of my life.”    Do not put me on life support.  PERIOD.  My daughter and husband have known this FOREVER. My Mother told me that...

I had the conversation with my spouse .

Unexpected early death

By Ann
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 My first husband died after an on-the-job accident.  We were young, in our 30s and had no reason to think we needed to have an end-of-life conversation.  But I found out the hard way that...

I wish I had the conversation with my spouse .

My parents shared no information with us

By Jill
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 My parents were getting older and declining in health. My mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease five years prior and my father was on dialysis for kidney failure. We used to joke that if...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .