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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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A fighter her entire life

By Janet
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 My mother-in-law was a fighter her entire life. So after she went into heart and renal failure at age 86, she did what she did best–fight. Over a five year period, she got progressively weaker,...

I had the conversation with my other relative .

What a gift! I felt her guiding hand…

By Susan
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 When my grandmother died in 1981, she left a packet of instructions for me on her desk: Stop the paper and the milk. What friends to call. Name and phone number of minister; hymns, prayers...

I wish I had the conversation with my spouse .

Our last gift to him

By Erika
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 I grew up in a home where discussing final wishes and death was a normal occurrence. It seems so odd to me that it isn’t for so many families. The reason: my grandfather was the...

I had the conversation with my family members .

Taking the scary and uncomfortable out of the conversation

By Karen
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 A few years ago, my ex-husband was diagnosed with 3 – 6 months to live. I went to help. Our adult children, in their early 20’s, were struggling with the reality of losing their father....

I had the conversation with my spouse .

Life, Death on Her Own Terms

By Susan
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 I wrote an article about my mother’s end of life decisions and it was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  It describes her decision to voluntarily stop eating and drinking to hasten her death and provide...

I had the conversation with my parent .