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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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Mother and family

I Wish We Had The Conversation

By Donna Ryan
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I wish I had known of this website years ago. My sister and I heard mom say millions of times through our lives when I can’t take care of myself I no longer want to...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .

The Catastrophic Consequences of Denial

By Mary Ann
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When you marry a man, you marry his family—and if you’re not careful, you inherit its pathologies. A warning tale follows: My husband’s family never talked openly about unpleasant things. Emotional conversations were always steered...

I wish I had the conversation with my other loved one .

mom’s peaceful passing

By susan
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My mom had a stroke in 2002, and all of a sudden the word STROKE really meant something. It was something horrible and sad and it involved a lot of health care facilities and providers,...

I had the conversation with my parent .

A Life Well Done!

By Angela
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You never really think about death until you need to. I started being a Hospice nurse in my early 30’s and haven’t stopped since. People ask how can you do that job? Don’t you cry?...

I had the conversation with my child .

We’re Not Too Young

By Katie
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You never know when you will be faced with an emergency and be in a position to have to make decisions for someone else. As newly weds it was important to have a discussion about...

I had the conversation with my spouse .

Choosing life

By Teresa
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When my sister was diagnosed with stage IV Adenocarcinoma in the fall of 2014 the whole world stopped. It was completely out of the blue, unexpected. We had no family history of cancer until she...

I had the conversation with my sibling .