Welcome to my Journey

These are my personal stories, lessons, and learnings that guided me through my father’s end-of-life journey.

How to Become a Care Partner

How to Become a Care Partner

By Candice Smith

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar…

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Gifts For The Person Who...

Gifts For The Person Who...

By Candice Smith

Apparently Google thinks I’m searching for the perfect “gift for that person who has everything”.  If only it were that easy. Gift giving is a whole lot more challenging when you are searching for...

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Fear is at the Heart of Love...

Fear is at the Heart of Love...

By Candice Smith

...fear is at the heart of love… This line from a song has always resonated with me, even before I became a care partner and lost my Dad to cancer.

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A Military Brat and Her Airman Father

A Military Brat and Her Airman Father

By Michele Houck

Caring for loved ones who are dying is always difficult. When that loved one is a decorated war veteran as well as your father, there is a unique layer of protocol that demands you assume a mantle of...

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"Chosen Family" Care Partner

By Candice Smith

Recently I learned that a friend is the power-of-attorney and executor for the mother of her ex-husband.  Knowing that her divorce hadn’t been amicable, I was surprised by this until Jennifer said...

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Self Care Support for Care Partners

Self Care Support for Care Partners

By Candice Smith

“Self-care”, a term that returns 2,970,000,000 results on Google in just 0.60 seconds, and just in typing that search term adds more weight to my shoulders.  Self-care for care partners is something...

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