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Zylstra family in 2007 Back row adults Daryl, Mary, Sydney and Karrie Zylstra Front row kids on laps Daryl and Sydney's grandchildren Meghan Pochert, Gavin Pochert, and Kieran Zylstra

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Caring for a Loved One on Hospice

On May 16, 2011 my father realized that pancreatic cancer was taking him. He wanted to go home to die and, because of his decision, my mother, sister and I cared for him in his last few days. Taking full responsibility for a dying loved one taught me a few things. Some things I did well, and others I wish I could change. I offer here a few of those lessons in hopes that my story might help others walking a similar journey.