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Honoring Choices Minnesota

Please visit Honoring Choices Minnesota. Minnesota Public Television, TPT, invited the Council to participate in this public education project about end of life conversations.

Hear what parents have to say:
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The Green Line
She taught her kids about death through a video game analogy.
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Family Surgery
Through several surgeries, her family has developed a strong open dialogue.
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She is skeptical about legal forms because circumstances change.
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Turning Off
Life Support

He has been involved in a life support decision for several of his family members.
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Gather Info
Making informed decisions rather than emotional decisions.
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Conversations became more important in her family after her daughter's death.
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Take Care Of Children
Making plans for guardians.
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No One But Us
Worried about who would take care of their child.
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In Heaven
Her children understand death through a religious context.
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Angry With Religion
Turned to religion for help after turning away from religion for nineteen years
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Child Before Parents
He and his wife discussed who would take care of their child if they were to die.
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An Unemotional Time
Her family didn't have a conversation until it was too late. Now she knows to have it early.
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After Care
She experienced the loss of a child and got a first-hand look at the after effects of such a loss.
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Outliving A Child
As a parent of a medically impaired son, she prepared for his inevitable early passing.

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