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Dear Loved Ones: Listen to Your Mother
By Micki Jackson, 05/06/2019

If you are in Paris, Texas or Paris, France, and you get word that I am near death, please do not feel that you need to rush to my bedside.  You’ve always been “there” for me in life, and that’s what matters to me.

Author as a young girl with her grandfather

It’s important to ask a loved one specific questions about their end-of-life wishes so they can be acted on, but the most important part of the discussion for me was the chance to have a heart-to-heart discussion with him. I will cherish hearing priceless stories about his life — and, in turn, my family’s life — for a long time. I hope when I’m his age I, too, can say with confidence, “I’ve had a pretty good life.”

"New resources April 2019" written on a white circle over an orange background.

This past April, The Conversation Project produced and helped develop a multitude of new resources designed to further our initiative of ensuring that everyone, everywhere expresses their end-of-life wishes and that their wishes are respected….

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Remembering Richard Payne, MD
Posted on 02/21/2019

When the internationally esteemed neurologist, oncologist, and palliative care specialist Dr. Richard Payne died January 3, 2019 at the age of 67, the fields of medicine and religion lost “a generous, thoughtful, and insightful colleague.”…