Welcome to my Journey

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

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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Rethinking the Words Family, Care, and Partner

Rethinking the Words Family, Care, and Partner

By Candice Smith

2020 has been quite the year.  Yes, this is an overstated understatement.  I am not the first person to try to write through my evolving grief in the hopes of making sense of all that is happening,...

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Who is a Care Partner?

Who is a Care Partner?

By Candice Smith

Previously I’ve written about my own disconnection to the term caregiver.  In addition to that label not accurately describing the type of care I was offering at any given moment in time, I was also...

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