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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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To live at all costs

By Kathy
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 My mom died almost three decades ago. She’d made it super clear to my sibs  and I that her wish was to live at all costs. The thing is, none of us realized what those...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .

“I’m dying but they don’t think I know”

By Dorothy
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 Several years ago, I was caring for an elderly woman in her home (I am a RN).  Before I even got to the patient, I was met with several family members informing me I was...

I had the conversation with my friend .

My mother and I helped my father discuss his wishes

By Sharon
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 My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer that metastasized to his brain. He lived 8 months after diagnosis. In this time we grew closer. My mom & I helped him discuss his wishes. Together we...

I had the conversation with my parent .

An unfulfilled promise

By Sherrie
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 I had the conversation.  But we didn’t follow up the conversation by putting those thoughts onto paper and into a legal document.  As a result I wasn’t able to fulfill the promise I had made...

I had the conversation with my grandparent .

My mother never told us her wishes

By Alexandra
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 My mother was a very private person who hated conflict and didn’t directly express her wishes or thoughts on treatment options. Nor did we really understand what gave meaning to her life.  We did know...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .