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

Memories

Memories

Life is not forever

Life is not forever

Hey Doria, It’s been a while. I can still hear your voice in my head. I was there a lot, but I was also there that last night. I was the last person who saw you alive. You’ll always be one of the best friends I’ve ever […]

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This is what I take with me

This is what I take with me

My father suffered from dementia and most days did not know who I was. The morning he went into the hospital for the final time, he looked at me and said “Good Morning Amanda!” This is what I take with me.

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He is in Heaven

He is in Heaven

My mother-in-law passed away years ago. We were all at the funeral including all 3 children. Months later our son (4 years old) pet hamster, George, died. A while later, Jeff said he missed George, out of the blue I said “don’t worry, he is in heaven […]

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Her music has filled my life

Her music has filled my life

To my strong, loving Mom who taught me to always speak my mind, protect my family at all cost and embrace life to the fullest. We sang together in life and we sand to her tape during her death. Her music has filled my life and my […]

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I felt your presence there

I felt your presence there

Hi Dad… It’s been nearly 19 years since you’ve gone, but I still think of you often. I know you’re always with us in our hearts & memories and you are no doubt, proud of your family and all that we’ve become. Bryan & I had a […]

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We held hands

We held hands

Looking back, I feel fortunate that I was able to make it back home & sit with mom in the hospital (5 hr drive home). We held hands & I sat beside her as she took her last breath & went to heave.

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All my work I do in your honor

All my work I do in your honor

Grandpa, I wish you could see me now! All I have accomplished and how happy I am! I know you are with me when the birds come to the feeder. I wish so many days I could hear you say how proud you are of me. All […]

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We all sat with you

We all sat with you

Dylan, You would think it’s really cheesy that I’m writing this, but here I go. When we all sat with you in the hospital and then the palliative unit, our concern was only that you weren’t in pain and that you weren’t frightened. We never questioned whether […]

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I’m not ready for this

I’m not ready for this

Individual to caregiver – (2 days before death) “We have had some nice times together” Caregiver – “I’m not ready for this.” Individual – “It will be sad and then you will be fine.” Caregiver – “I don’t want you to go” Individual – “I won’t be […]

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I will forever cherish the memories

I will forever cherish the memories

To my Grandpa, I am so proud to be your grand-daughter, You have made such an impact in the Education world and groomed sons and daughter who have continued your legacy and making an impact to cities/communities/industry. Your passing at 103 was truly a celebration of life, […]

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