For anyone thinking about reconnecting with a loved one, Troy's message is simple: Don't wait. "As you come to grips with the reality of your own mortality—especially those who are working toward the end of their life clock—you don't just think about the loved ones in your life. You also begin to think about the unloved ones."

"As awkward and painful as it might be for you personally, think about the unloved ones in your life," he says. "There is still time to move them over to the loved ones list. There is no better time than today."

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