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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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Standing by her wishes

By Diane
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 I had the Conversation with my Mother and my Aunt while they were fully engaged mentally. I did a Living Will and Final Wishes for burial and exactly what they wanted. They both signed the...

I had the conversation with my family members .

Talking before it’s too late

By Algia
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I’ll introduce myself as Algia and my husband as David. My husband was diagnosed with Metastatic Colon Cancer with metasteses to the liver and lung in April 1998. And I was diagnosed with Breast cancer...

I had the conversation with my spouse .

Glad I talked to father, wish I had talked to mother

By Bev
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I was so glad I had gotten the wishes of my Father down before dementia took him where we could no longer discuss this rationally. I wish I had done so with my Mother before...

I had the conversation with my parent .

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 .