Five Stories: In Their Last Days On This Earth

There are lessons to be learned from dying. Each of these souls leaves a different message for us all


Lucy Shinn could not possibly have stayed much longer in Nebraska where she had raised three children and helped her husband Emil run their 45-acre farm. When Emil died six years ago, her daughter Alice Albers insisted that her mother move in with her and her husband and daughter in Melrose Park, Ill.--even though Lucy was in her mid-80s, near death from pneumonia, unable to walk and unhappy to be leaving her home. "After my father passed away, she just couldn't stay by herself," Alice said. "She was lonely and wasn't eating. My brother had died, and...

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