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Summing up your life

(Photo: Volunteer Susan Hathaway-Ringland of Gloversville's Mountain Valley Hospice talks with John Papa, a family member of a hospice patient. MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Summing up a life is more than collecting key dates and accomplishments and relationships. It involves emotions, and highlights, and thoughts that provide perspective on not just what a person did, but who they are.

From today's story:

GLOVERSVILLE - The question-and-answer exercise, more impressionistic in design and goal than the mere accumulation of resume facts, is crafted to allow dying patients the ability to convey not just what they did, but who they were.

What are you most proud of? ...

Tell me when you felt most alive ...

What have you learned about life that would want to pass along to others? ...

To be sure, these patients/interviewees are dying, which is why they are being treated at home or in-house at Mountain Valley Hospice. But the interviews provide hope and purpose, affording people an avenue to provide perspectives on their own ebbing lives that can be handed down through generations. ...

How would you answer the question of what and who was important to you? What are you most proud of in your life? What advice would you like to pass on? These questions, asked at an opportune time at this hospice, is part of a valuable reflection for anyone.

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