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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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Father’s Day Story

By Frank
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Click below to hear the audio of Frank Lilley’s conversation with his stepfather, David Plant, about approaching the end of his life. It was recorded as part of StoryCorps’ Legacy Initiative – an effort to...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Growing Up Around My Father

By Madge
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My father once told me he was the most interesting person he’d ever met. A startling admission I suppose, except for evidence that he’d probably always felt this way. He loved to talk—about himself. Growing...

12 days from diagnosis to death

By Nancy
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My mother was an exceptional woman and in her later years had really hit her stride, becoming top salesperson for her company, running for and being elected to public office, finding great support and love...

I had the conversation with my parent .

At the park with my Mom

By Kelly
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I sent my Mom the starter kit via email at the holidays and we had several aborted attempts to go through it in the past few months – largely due to not actually setting time...

I had the conversation with my parent .

My Voice, Her Decision

By Delaine
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Mother lived 80 years; a life balanced with family, career, travel, music, and spiritual journeys. Through her nursing and public health careers, she had opportunities to see first hand how medical treatment can take its...

I had the conversation with my parent .

He just left it up to me

By Vicki
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I lost my husband shortly after his 40th birthday. He had battled with cancer for almost seven years. I had tried many times to have a conversation with him about what his wishes were in...

I had the conversation with my spouse .