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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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The Greatest Gift

By Susan
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Both my parents have died, my father at 88 and my mother at 81. They led full lives with lots of love and many accomplishments. They chose their own way to die, both of them,...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Life Before Death

By John Martin
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Life Before Death Kathy Day, a Certified Professional Coach, recommended that I watch www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal. My wife and I were tending to a friend who was struggling valiantly to regain her life after heart surgery. I’m...

I had the conversation with my friend .

Trout Parable

By John
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This is an 11 minute video story (for children and parents) about “meaning,” told from the point of view of two trout who come to recognize that all life carries risk and must end… And...

I had the conversation .

EOL Care Conversation

By Alexandra Wallace
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I discussed with my husband how I would like to be taken care of in the end of my life. I definitely do not want to be kept alive by machines. I don’t want to...

I had the conversation with my spouse .

Procrastination Stopped In Time

By Jody
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Our family, always so close and loving, had had the “Conversation” around the dinner table many times over the years. I was a Hospice Nurse, familiar with my parents wishes, yet somehow the Directive forms...

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...

I wish I had the conversation with my spouse .