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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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It can be difficult to honor a loved one’s wishes

By Miriam
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 My aunt died from a tragic accident when I was in high school, and shortly after I wrote the below story.  Best way for me to share my story and what ‘not having the conversation’...

I wish I had the conversation with my other relative .

I wish we had had the conversation three years earlier

By Ellen
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 I had a wonderful Mom, living in Delray Beach, Fl. who was told she would need to go on dialysis. She had her independence, taught everybody in the Condo Complex how to play Bridge and...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .

The diagnosis prompted the conversation

By Kim
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My father was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in January of 2005.  Recognizing the terminality of this diagnosis, was the impetus for beginning the conversation about his end of life wishes.  Beginning the conversation...

I had the conversation with my parent .

A poem

By Caroline
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I am a volunteer coordinator for a hospice organization in Maine. One way I have found to deal with the work is to write poetry and to share it with my volunteers, my colleagues and...

Listen to your intuition

By Candace
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 My father passed away in 1986 on a Friday evening in Seattle Washington. I lived with my family in San Diego. Throughout that Friday I kept “hearing” a little voice saying, “call your dad” and...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .