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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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She slipped into dementia

By Samantha
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 Emma, my mother, was a sweet, beautiful woman, an accomplished water colorist and pianist, who loved entertaining, travel and raising her toy poodles, until one day she laid down her half-finished sketch, slipped into dementia and I...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Jump on his chest

By Carmen
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 I am a hospice nurse who recently had my parents enroll my grandfather into hospice care.  My grandfather had had such a tremendous decline in a short amount of time- everything that he loved and...

I had the conversation with my family members .

It was so him

By Bonnie
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 We both worked in healthcare type industry, and I think that is why we shared some of our wishes with one another.  My husband died suddenly at the early age of 50.  Due to the...

I had the conversation with my spouse .

Death is normal and natural

By Pam
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 When my 17 year old daughter left for college, she did so with advanced directives for both me and my husband.  It was the most normal thing in the world for our family.  She found...

I had the conversation with my family members .

The no ventilator camp

By Holly
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 I am having the conversation just now with family and my medical team. I was diagnosed last week with ALS.  I know that we all have our unique path with this disease, some choose life...

I had the conversation with my partner .

The hardest thing I’ve ever done

By Eileen
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 Last December my mother went into a coma on the Monday before Christmas. She had been diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2006. She contracted the virus in 1970 after having received numerous blood transfusions as...

I had the conversation with my parent .