Welcome to my Journey

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

Hope is Not a Strategy

By Candice Smith

A few weeks ago, I saw the words Hope Is Not A Strategy written on a wall.  It resonated with me, deeply. Since reading those words, I’ve thought a lot about “hope” as a concept and how it has influenced…

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The Power of a Voice

By Candice Smith

There are so many incredible tools that not only help us remember what it is we need to do in our daily lives, but can serve to remind us of those days – the moments within them, bringing it and…

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Hearing the Ask for Help

By Candice Smith

I wasn’t raised to ask for help.  I was raised to identify what I wanted to do and then figure out how to do it.  And while I might not verbally ask for help, when it came to caring for…

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Reminders Aren’t Grief

By Candice Smith

This morning I looked out my window into my backyard and I saw the daffodils were finally out. Naturally I thought of my Dad. In the spring before he died the three grandkids, my brother and I walked the backfield with…

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Give Me A Fish

By Candice Smith

 “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime” There are a lot of resources available for family caregivers.  I have shelves full of thoughtful…

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The Starting Line

By Candice Smith

The other day I was listening to a friend talk about her aging parents.  While neither parent is ill, they are in their 80’s.  And because neither is ill, there is no pressing need to doanything.  Except notdoing anything feels…

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