Welcome to my Journey

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

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Your "In-Loving Memory" Reminds Me of My Loss

By Candice Smith

It used to be that I took note of the name and notation about the life of whomever was commemorated in the plaque affixed to the bench where I sat or at the base of a tree that caught my eye. I know...

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Understanding the Motivation Behind Decisions

Understanding the Motivation Behind Decisions

By Candice Smith

When my Dad was sick one of his biggest fears was to lose the ability to make decisions for himself. It’s a fear that we all have and leads us to completing an Advance Directives, setting up our...

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The Fear of Being Wrong

The Fear of Being Wrong

By Candice Smith

The fear of being wrong, or not doing something right, can be debilitating.  Especially when the decision impacts life and death. In my opinion, this explains why so many people desire to be told...

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Share More, Share Deeper

Share More, Share Deeper

By Candice Smith

In my previous blog, I ended with the suggestion that through transparency you and your loved ones will be empowered to share more and to share deeply.

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Transparency

Transparency

By Candice Smith

Overwhelm, lack of control, and an unfamiliarity with the subject matter and “language” of end-of-life care breeds insecurity and mistrust. How can I possibly do what’s right when I don’t have a clue...

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The Care Team

The Care Team

By Candice Smith

In her book Eldercare 101, my friend Mary Jo Saavedra encourages families to create an “Aging Life Care Team”.  This team consists of an assortment of individuals with the skills often called on when...

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