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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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Conversations happened late

By Linda
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 My Dad was diagnosed with stage three small cell lung cancer, with metastasis to the bone (spine) in mid May 2011 – he died August 6, 2011. His oncology team was not able to have...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Thanks, mom and dad!

By Mary
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 My mom and dad died within two weeks of each other. They were wise enough to have all the “conversations” with my sisters and me years before their deaths – 7 years ago. They even...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Talking about death helps us live more fully today

By Marianne
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At the prime of life and in the midst of raising 3 teenagers, my husband died of glioblastoma (brain cancer) at the age of 48. We had one precious year from the initial diagnosis to...

I had the conversation with my spouse .

We didn’t talk enough

By Lisa
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I remember my mother instigating “the conversation” about organ donation, burial vs cremation, etc about the time my brother and I had left home and my sister had reached 16 years of age, but I...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Ducks in a row

By Robyn
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 I lost my biological dad some years ago, but the point is that he had all his “ducks in a row” so to speak. I can not tell you that beside the grieving, how not...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Grandparents show the way in having the conversation

By Lissa
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 I’ve been fortunate to have been raised in a family that has made end of life, a known part of life, for as long as I can remember. Our grandparents talked gently and openly with...

I had the conversation with my parent .