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Not enough thanks at the end

The holiday movie season (coupled with Thanksgiving) makes me think of the seasonal movies in which the main characters face death and realize that they had much to be thankful for in their lives and for them, it's not too late to act on it and change.

Of course, A Christmas Carol comes to mind. Scrooge “sees” with the Ghost of Christmas Past all the people in his life who reached out to him and he was just too miserly in spirit to reach back.

In It's a Wonderful Life, the Jimmy Stewart character tries to kill himself because he doesn't realize how many people feel gratitude and love for him.

If the end of your life was nearing, who would you need to thank before you go? And toward whom have you shown great kindness? 

(S-R Archives photo)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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