Mary Landberg

Mary Landberg, RN, MPH, CHPN, is a hospice RN, end of life educator, and author of Enduring Love: Inspiring Stories of Love and Wisdom at the End of Life. Mary’s work as an author and speaker has received rave reviews from national leaders in the medical and hospice industries.

For more information, please visit EnduringLoveBook.com.

Their Tears Sparkled, More Precious Than Diamonds

When Joseph was diagnosed at forty-six with lung cancer, he had the east-facing wall of his 800 square foot house replaced with a floor to ceiling window so he could gaze into his garden sanctuary that was bigger than his…

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Are relationships that take “work” not meant to be?

I met Marilyn in the foyer of the nursing home where her beloved husband George was dying from lung disease. After introductions, I leaned in with, “Tell me about George.” I expected to hear about his heath but instead, Marilyn…

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Hospice Photography – Preserving Moments of Love Forever

I am a hospice nurse and photographer. Over three hundred and fifty hospice families have given me permission to bring my camera into a most sacred and vulnerable time in their lives. I offer free portraiture to the dying and…

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A Love Letter to Samantha

Samantha confessed that her biggest disappointment of her long life was that she never received a love letter. In garbled remorse, she said, “It’s too late.” At eighty-six, she was dying from ALS. I suggested that we write the perfect…

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You think someone else has it made? Ask them about their pain.

It took me several tries, but I finally got the four-digit code right for the giant iron gate to slowly swing open. The long driveway was lined with quaking aspens and beautifully manicured lawns. I slowly pulled up to the…

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Bearing the Unbearable

Most of us have grand plans for the way our lives will unfold. We have the highest hopes for ourselves and our children. But that’s not the way life works sometimes. All of Nora’s grand plans will never be a…

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Suicide Pact

On their 50th wedding anniversary, Ruth and Charles made a suicide pact. They agreed that if the quality of their lives became intolerable because of disease or disability, they would end their lives – together. Ruth said, “We’ve been high…

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Unconscious or Playing Possum?

Virginia drove two straight days to get to the nursing home where her father was dying. Once she got there, she wouldn’t leave his bedside. She had been quietly sitting there for five days even though she had a hotel…

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Need a role model for being human?

Mozell’s husband of twenty-one years left her two weeks after she learned her cancer had returned, this time to her bones. He said he couldn’t cope with seeing her die and his only option was to move back to Montana…

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Find True Love by Doing What You Love

At sixty-eight, Lucy left Bend, Oregon, and opened an antique furniture shop near the ocean in Brookings, Oregon. It had been a year since her husband died. The ocean and antiquing were her passions, not his. She said he was…

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