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The hardest conversation I’ve ever had

  • Featuring: Mary Kingston & Michael Jongsma
  • Date Submitted: Feb 11, 2019
  • Location: California

Mary Kingston, former chief executive of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro in Southern California, shares with Michael Jongsma, former chief nursing officer, the anguish of honoring her father’s wishes to be removed from a respirator, and why having an advance directive is a profound gift for loved ones. Edit credit: audio by StoryCorps; animation by RockitWorks


  • Mary Kingston
  • Michael Jongsma
  • Nurse
  • Nursing
  • Advance Directive