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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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By Marsha
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My husband had Stage IV prostate cancer for 5 years. He died February 4, 2014 from a rarer metastatic secondary cancer he’d battled for 6 months, a cancer that consumed his liver, his mind, and...

I had the conversation with my spouse .

How I want to leave

By Marie
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I had the conversation with my fiance and my children. Being in health care, I know it is just as important about talking about death as much as it is talking about birth and sex....

I had the conversation with my family members .

The End of Life Talk

By Patricia Woodell
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  The End-of-Life Talk When a family member has Alzheimer’s or another dementia Patricia Woodell, Brenda Niblock, and Jeri Warner In 2005, my three sisters and I were surprised to learn that our mother had...

I wish I had the conversation with my parent .

Rewarding Conversations

By Catherine
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  I am an internist who sees people with complex illnesses facing surgery. A large part of my job has become talking to people and their families about the risk of death and functional loss...

I had the conversation .

Crossing Life’s Canyons

By Nettie
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Crossing Life’s Canyons: “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive…so...

I had the conversation with my child .

My mom chose dignity, and found peace

By Benjamin
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Today marks two months since my mom died. In that time I have celebrated my daughter’s birthday, my wife’s birthday, Mother’s Day, my wedding anniversary, and many other annual celebrations. I watched my daughter finish...

I had the conversation with my parent .