‘The Farewell’ highlights tough conversations families face when confronted with death

To my 87-year-old grandmother, not many subjects are taboo. She was treated for colorectal cancer in 1996, and she still laughs when she recounts experiencing uncontrollable flatulence in front of houseguests. But when death comes up, she has less to say. As my grandfather was dying of lung cancer, she told him his doctors suggested a temporary break from treatment to rebuild his strength – and not that he was actually being enrolled in hospice care, where he would likely live out his last days.

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