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

Learning

Learning

Raw emotions they shared

Raw emotions they shared

I want to thank all of my patients who have come into my life. The raw emotions they shared. The lessons they taught me about life. Bottom line, our relationships are the most important. The most precious thing we have are our relationships. At times the sadness […]

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Keep the balance

Keep the balance

Every moment I think about my life, each episode I have lived. I’m grateful for each soul had touched mine and the ones I have touched Thanks… Living each blessing everyday even if in that moment something doesn’t go as planned. I prayed for the strength to continue […]

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Value the present

Value the present

I never want to say ” I wish I done this” or “I wish I had tell that person how important she is to me,” thanks to you, I value the present, every pause and moment as a unique experience, and try to live fully every moment, […]

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Being with you all one day

Being with you all one day

My story is not anything special or different from others. I have watched, held hands, prayed with, laughed with, many dying people as I am a Palliative nurse – friend – mother, wife, etc. To all of those people, I say Thank You for sharing your life or […]

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Make a difference

Make a difference

“Nature, time and patience, are the three greatest physicians.” The green pharmacy. If we take the time for ourselves and work more on who we are as healthcare professionals…or caregivers… then no matter what we do, we will be able to make a difference…even if only for […]

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You are still with us!

You are still with us!

Mom – thanks for showing me how to live fearlessly, boldly, and “in charge” until one’s last breath. I’m sorry that I didn’t comprehend what you were trying to tell us when you “woke up” in those last hours. Maybe we each are supposed to draw our […]

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You survived but did not live

You survived but did not live

Dad – I’m so sorry I let you down at your end of life – I let them put a feeding tube in when I should have just held your hand. You survived but did not live. I promise I will help others through this fear & […]

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Privileged and very humble

Privileged and very humble

Today I think about all the times I have been with a person at the end of their life – (hours). They were mostly elderly friends whom I learned so much from, who have been encouraging me in my life struggles with my sons. Someone called me […]

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Relieving fear

Relieving fear

To be with a loved one at end of life To support a loved one who is with a loved one at end of life Transferring knowledge Relieving fear Saying goodbye Palliative Care Nursing

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I feel her with me

I feel her with me

When I first began my career as a hospice physician, I worked with the most amazing social worker/ volunteer coordinator. She introduced our agency to therapeutic touch and the healing potential of harp played at the bedside of the dying. She went on to become a naturopathic […]

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