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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

By Bronnie Ware

As a new year approaches, we tend to reflect on the decisions we have made and resolve to make changes for the year to come. With that in mind, we rediscovered a well-known article by Bronnie Ware and asked her to share why she believes "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying" made such an impact on people around the world.

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The Story of Brianna Graves

It is not an everyday occurrence when God places the most desperate and the most deserving in the lives of so many people in a small town in West Texas, Slaton, Texas. Slaton is an agricultural community that was established in 1911 by the Santa Fe Railroad and is a home rule city with a population of approximately 6,129 citizens. Slaton is located about 15 miles Southeast of Lubbock, Texas.

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The Story of Ramiro Perez

Ramiro Perez is a 61-year old veteran of the Vietnam War (Marine) who is a hospice patient due to Congestive Heart Failure. He now is responsible for two of his grandchildren, 8 and 10 years old, due to his daughter being in jail (we do not know the reason for her incarceration).

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Dad Is Home
By Mike Butts, MDiv

680,000 Veterans die in the United States every year, 25% of all deaths…. I would like to tell you about one of them, my father.

My father, Clarence Conrad Butts, was deployed to Vietnam in 1965 as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. It was the second most traumatic experience in his life.

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How to Talk with Your Loved Ones as the Patient

Released 7-29-2011
One of the most difficult things to do is to figure out the right way to talk to your loved ones. Remember, it’s up to you to take the initiative and express your wishes to your family and loved ones. Remember that one of the most difficult things to talk about in a dying situation is “What do you say?” Talking about end-of-life issues can be difficult for anyone. One way to approach the subject is to talk about why you have decided to talk about these issues. For example:

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What To Do If Family Members Disagree

Released 7-25-2011
Even when there is positive family dynamics, a patient wants to be assured that your wishes are followed, be certain that the person you appoint to be your healthcare agent understands your wishes and will abide by them. Many times, it can be other than your immediate family. Your agent has the legal right to make decisions for you even if close family members disagree. However, should close family members express strong disagreement, your healthcare agent and healthcare provider may find it extremely difficult to carry out the decisions you would want.

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How to Talk with Your Healthcare Providers

Released 7-21-2011
One of the most common issue in maneuvering through the healthcare maze is how to communicate. Talking with your doctor or healthcare providers about your end-of-life wishes is a discussion to have before a crisis occurs. Chances are that he or she is waiting for you to start the conversation.

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