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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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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 .

The conversation brought us together

By Hilary
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 Somewhere I came across the observation, “You are what you were when.” The idea is that people come from a certain place and time.  It shapes ones values and, to some extent, orders ones actions....

I had the conversation with my parent .

Hospice let us be sons & daughters

By Luanne
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 On June 26,2012 my dad was diagnosed with metastatic cancer and was given less than 3 months to live. My sister and our spouses immediately went to him for support until our two brothers could fly in...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Death and laughter

By Barbara
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 I think this stuff matters so much, I set up a website in the UK where people can record their Wishes free, save them in a free Safe Deposit Box, leave messages or other digital...

I had the conversation with my spouse .