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It's a day I won't forget. My mother, the last of my seven elders, had died approximately two years earlier. During her last months, I'd written a book on caregiving. I'd begun writing a newspaper column on elder care. I'd also begun writing on caregiving for Web sites. Even though nearly everyone I knew, from casual friends to medical professionals, predicted that I'd feel a huge vacuum when the last of my elders died, I didn't. Not then.

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