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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.

Explore these stories that others have shared, and if you’d like, tell us your own story. Hearing about other people’s experiences can be a good way to get your own conversation started.

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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 .


Graceful Departures

By Kevin
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“I don’t want to give up,” expressed a heroic 52-Year-old woman who had been battling aggressive metastatic breast cancer for three agonizing years. At one point, Natalie had almost achieved the insurmountable feat of remission,...

I had the conversation .


Conversation about Alzheimer’s

By lisa
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Atul Gawande’s book, BEING MORTAL, has been incredibly important to me. If you haven’t read it, please do. My life partner of 25+ years is going on approximately year 7 with alzheimer’s. FYI,we are a...

I had the conversation with my partner .

Dad went his way

By Collette
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My father had a small stroke at age 70 from which he nearly fully recovered. He feared that if there was another one, he would disabled. He told me that under no circumstances should I...

I had the conversation with my parent .

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Hello I’m Baby Austin: A True Story

By Colette
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Hello I’m Baby Austin was born on October 8, 2014 at one pound 14 oz as a micro preemie at 25 weeks gestation period. I came in the world kicking my little arms and little...

I had the conversation with my spouse .

Losing My Parents – Conversations Matter

By Kathy
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I suddenly and unexpectedly lost my father on Father’s Day, 2004. I said goodbye to my mother on January 7, 2014. Their end-of-life experiences were quite different and a great deal of the difference was...

I had the conversation with my parent .