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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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Early conversations and dying well

By Marlys Johnson
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While my husband, Gary, was in the hospital with a third kidney infection as a result of nephrostomy tubes that bypassed the large cancerous mass in his bladder, a very kind palliative care physician stopped...

I had the conversation with my spouse .

Only the Good

By Caroline
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The stories I hear about death are often filled with images of grey hair and hospice and bottles of pills. The story that I carry with me is filled with images of a grinning girl...

I wish I had the conversation with my sibling .

A “work around” in lieu of conversation

By Debbie
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At eighty-four, my mother (Mimi) fell at home, resulting in both a stroke and a hip fracture. There was no advance plan in place and no preference documented, because Mimi was not one to talk...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Lee’s “Code”

By Holly
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Several years ago my disabled daughter was admitted to a nursing home due to loss of home nursing care. After being there for several days I received a call from them saying she had been...

I had the conversation with my family members .

Please Mom, help me die

By Patty
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I will forever be grateful that I talked with my four children about end of life choices. When they were all teens, I would come home from my work as an R.N.,, and we would...

I had the conversation with my child .


The Conversation Assignment

By Kristen
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I am a professor of pastoral care at a progressive Christian seminary in the midwest. One of the courses I teach is Death, Dying and Grief. After reading a story about the Conversation Project in...

I had the conversation .