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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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Thankful for the Talk

By Pam
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In 2006 I had received a copy of the booklet entitled “Five Wishes” from a training I had attended because I am a hospice volunteer. My father had passed in 1993 and in the fall...

I had the conversation with my parent .


By David
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My wife died at home in hospice 3 years ago. A year before that she wrote down her end of life requests that the end not be a burden and that everyone was to celebrate...

I had the conversation with my spouse .

The Gifts of Curiosity, Inquiry and Conversations

By Stanley
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END OF LIFE CONVERSATIONS As a baby-boomer who has now faced the passing of my parents and in-laws, meaningful end-of-life conversations have been a source of ease for both the passing elders and the survivors....

I had the conversation with my family members .

My longest day, soon to be my children’s

By Mary
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It was thanks to God that Frank, my husband, our sons and and I had had “the” conversation several years before that longest day which came to an end when I told the nurse to...

I had the conversation with my child .

A Good Death for Joe Moody Brown

By Janet
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He died surrounded by family, without pain, surrounded by love, in a home-like setting

I had the conversation with my other loved one .


By Jane
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It was in writing and all her papers were in order. I handled all of her finances. When it was evident she was suffering from the early stages of dementia, she agreed to move from...

I had the conversation with my parent .