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

Moments

Moments

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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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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After the loss of her son

After the loss of her son

I was caring for a young adult that had been critically injured. Facility was not PFCC, however, I let pt’s mother/father at bedside due to pt’s precarious situation. Pt passed away. One year later, after the loss of her son, pt’s mother came back to facility to […]

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I continually think of lessons they have taught me

I continually think of lessons they have taught me

My Grandparents- they would often speak about times when they will be gone- but I continually think of lessons they have taught me to become the person I am. Very greatful to have had them part of my life.

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We keep his memory alive

We keep his memory alive

16 years ago my husband lost his father, my children their grandfather and myself a wonderful father-in-law. His wished were to pass at home, to be still able to look out the window and watch the lake outside. He had homecare service as well as family caregivers […]

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Little things matter

Little things matter

My mother-in-law had been hospitalized for the last 4 months of her life due to a diagnosis of terminal stomach and bowel cancer.  She chose to die in a hospital to spare her elderly husband the burden of her care. On her last day, the family was […]

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The toughest thing to see is a mother walking away

The toughest thing to see is a mother walking away

The worst decision a parent is asked to make is when to pull the plug on their 7 year old fighting brain cancer. The toughest thing to see is a mother walking away from the hospital after her only son passes away!

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You opened your heart

You opened your heart

To a sister, You shared your fears You opened your heart You showed great sadness You trusted me with your heart I continue to be grateful for your love, I miss you always & carry you in my heart each moment.

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Regret… it found me anyways

Regret… it found me anyways

I was not prepared for my mom’s diagnosis. I was not prepared for her to die. The 5 1/2 months of her illness felt unreal and its only now…4 1/2 years later… that I can see how I did not and could not internalize that she was […]

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She was always there for us

She was always there for us

I miss you mom, all the time! When my mom passed away, all 6 of her 7 children were at her bedside. It was one of the hardest things that I have ever done, but I wouldn’t have ever missed being there. It felt like we could […]

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