Having spent years working in hospice, I became comfortable talking about death.

As a matter of fact, I learned that hospice is the place where life is really the main focus. Contrary to what most people think about hospice, it is all about squeezing the most life out of the days that are left.

The everyday questions are: “How do you want to spend the day?” “Is there something you would like to accomplish?” “What is important to you?”

When I was 19, my young 55-year-old father died of a massive heart attack. He did not have the opportunity to contemplate or prepare for his death. Some say that his was the death of kings — to die suddenly with no suffering. But the sadness is that there are no final moments to squeeze out more life.

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