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Community - January 22, 2020

First person: Finding the freedom to live and die well

by Mary Matthiesen

When people learn that I work with a hospice agency, many think I spend every day focused on death. In fact, we spend much more time focusing on quality of life and supporting what matters most to those we serve. This is one of the many lessons I learned from my mother as she was dying 15 years ago — a lesson that continues to inspire my life and my work.

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Mission Hospice hosts free Take Charge workshops regularly, including one in Palo Alto on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. Go to for more information.


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