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

Memories

Memories

Expressing her contentment with life

Expressing her contentment with life

My mother Kay died while in a long term care home. I am grateful that we had a chance to understand each other better and share some laughs in the years before her death. She gave me the wonderful gift of expressing her contentment with life, love […]

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Your sense of joy

Your sense of joy

Mom & Dad- You’re long gone but know that your spirit- along with the fine morals judgement and sensibilities live on in us three sibs. We also cherish and try to continue your sense of joy, wonder and humour every day sending love and happiness.  

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The how is long forgotten

The how is long forgotten

It is long time since my parents passed. By now, the “how” is long forgotten, although it was painful at the time. But I thank them every day for the gifts of generosity, caring and that magical ability to look beyond themselves. They were both active in […]

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No mom…I just ate

No mom…I just ate

My mom used to say, “are you hungry Christina?” I’d say, “no mom…I just ate.” She’d say “I’ll put out a few things for us to eat.” After eating the whole plate of food, I’d be full and content. My mom would say “if you bring food…they […]

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Ken always came for breakfast

Ken always came for breakfast

I was twelve- Ken always came for breakfast but he didn’t show up. I went up to his room to see if he was OK. He wasn’t. He had shot himself through the head. His false teeth were in a glass. Pictures of the liberation of Aushwitz […]

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I was so happy

I was so happy

I was so happy when I met my cat Pompernickl for the first time. But my mom got sick cus of my cats fer so we gave her to my uncule he got sick and gave her to his frind and I never saw her agin. I […]

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I remember going into a panicked shock

I remember going into a panicked shock

I was seven years old when I first experienced death. My cousins sat me down, because the adults were arguing and angry. Some of them were even crying. I asked my cousins what happened, they said our grandfather fell down the stairs back home and died bringing […]

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I only knew him as an old man

I only knew him as an old man

I learned my grandfather was a Nazi only after he died. I only knew him as an old man with big glasses who put sugar on his salad, but so many knew him as Hate.  

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I love you always

I love you always

To my mom I love you now I love you always The day will come when you will no longer be here with me. It pains me to think of my life without you in it. I cherish now, and will cherish always the memories and especially […]

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I adored visiting you both

I adored visiting you both

I visited you both in Long Term Care because I wanted to …not because I had to. I adored visiting you both. When dad was gone then I visited just mum…suffering from Alzheimer’s but always her beautiful, calm self. Miss you both.  

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