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Creating space to pause, reflect and share experiences with dying and death

Grief

Grief

I was not given any time to grieve

I was not given any time to grieve

My mom passed away over 20 years ago, I was only 15. And 3 months later I had to leave my country to migrate to Canada, therefore separating me from my siblings. I felt that I was not given any time to grieve, but also forced to […]

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I still miss her

I still miss her

Losing my grandmother was the first real impact that death had in my life. I still miss her and see her in bed. She was able to die at home the way she wanted-20 years ago.

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We cried together

We cried together

I had the privilege of visiting a resident in hospice 1x per week for 6 weeks. I ended up getting a promotion and leaving the retirement residence. During the party for my last day this lovely ladies family managed to bring her to see me 1 last […]

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He was my sense of security

He was my sense of security

I don’t think I could have ever been prepared for my father’s death. How could I when he was my sense of security and always gave me strength. I think watching him getting more frail as the time went by was the most difficult thing I ever […]

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They had raised me

They had raised me

My grandparents died within 2 weeks of each other, very suddenly. My grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, my grandmother died of a broken heart. I have always regretted that I wasn’t (couldn’t??) present with them in those last few days before they died. They had raised me […]

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We always knew we loved each other

We always knew we loved each other

When my Dad was diagnosed with incurable cancer a co-worker advised me to take the time to say to my Dad, everything I wanted to say. Among the things I said were that he was the greatest man I have ever known, and that I loved him. […]

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Losing someone you really love

Losing someone you really love

Losing someone you really love brings a whole new meaning to the word “forever”

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You shed a tear

You shed a tear

I told you it was ok to go- he with your wife, release yourself from the pain and suffering. I sat in silence, you shed a tear and then were gone. I thought you felt sadness to go. I know feel it was a tea of happiness […]

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Stop and smell the flowers

Stop and smell the flowers

I lost my ex-boyfriend last year. He was in my life for 20 years. 13 in romance, 7 in friendship. I regret many things about not being there for him. One thing I learned is that life in precious. Stop and smell the flowers. Be kind to […]

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I knew I would not be coming back

I knew I would not be coming back

My PSW beginning I worked with a lady in private home care. She is the reason why I became a nurse. I cared for her for three years a became a part of the family. I worked with her everyday. She was non-verbal but I was able […]

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