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End of Life Discussions

Jennie Chin Hansen shares talking points

When Is Life Too Long?

Some hope to make a graceful exit. Others are in no hurry to leave

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Hospice & End of Life Care

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'How Mom's Death Changed My Thinking'

Health care reporter shares his family's story

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Grief & Loss

Finding Ways to Grieve When You Need to Work, Caregive, and Live

Coping With Loss — One Step at a Time

Tips for enduring the grieving process

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Dealing With Grief

10 things to help get you through this difficult time

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5 Surprising Truths About Grief

New research reveals that common conceptions about dealing with loss of a spouse are all wrong

Supporting the Grieving

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What to Say — and Not to Say

A guide to comforting someone who's ailing or grieving

Next Steps

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What to Do When a Loved One Dies

A checklist to help you with details and responsibilities after a loved one dies

Your Money: Executor 101

Things to Know About Being an Executor of Estate

Closing out the estate of a relative or friend who has died is an important, and time-consuming, responsibility

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Protecting the Dead From Identity Theft

How you can safeguard your deceased loved ones — and yourself

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