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

All Stories

All Stories

How can we change

How can we change

Brian, Evergreen Board Chair (until December 14, 2016) “What’s in it for the client and their family?” “How can we change to serve more people?” “How can we make the bureaucratic monster move to provide better care?” We miss your focus, your caring nature and your sense […]

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Sometimes it’s unfair

Sometimes it’s unfair

Sometimes it’s unfair – for those of us who work in palliative care – that we don’t have the opportunity to grieve the loss of our loved ones as others do. As we go through our daily work, supporting others through their death, dying, loss, grief journey, […]

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Death sucks

Death sucks

My aunt died last year and it was my first true loss/death. I have worked in hospice for 11 years but it was the first time I felt what it meant to lose someone you love. I wish I was with her and my family at the […]

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Being open to the Divine Source

Being open to the Divine Source

Two men who inspire me among many others in my hospice work – thank you to Henri and Geo. You both continue to guide me form the other side! Little did I know when Henri’s writings inspired me to study palliative care that I would help to […]

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This makes me special

This makes me special

That I need to remember I am bigger than I want to accept. My emotions and ability to love and empathize is done in a big large way. This makes me special to others, and when not monitored my soul depletes. My tears during reflection are my […]

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Life is not easy

Life is not easy

Life is not easy. Love is not easy. Loss is not easy. BUT We can seek joy. We can make connections. We can carry a loved one In our hearts.

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The legacy lives on

The legacy lives on

…thinking of my parents so recently gone, having lived their lives in love. The legacy lives on – in me… a history of tragic loss, healing in palliative care… amazing lives live on in your children, grand-children & beyond. Thank you

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You have made me smile

You have made me smile

To the many that I have cared for in their final days: Thank you – you have taught me something, you have made me smile, you have left a mark in my heart & on my soul. God bless you all & your families. Thank you for […]

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My rock in life

My rock in life

Is of having an amazing mother who made me the person I am today. Your courage to raise 11 kids on your own at a time when it wasn’t the norm. Ensuring we all got an education and were prepared for the world. Thank you for being […]

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We had so much yet to do

We had so much yet to do

…is of my best friend and colleague who died too soon. We had so much yet to do. I was honoured and grateful that I visited with my friend 3 weeks prior to her death. Everything seemed like it was going to be OK until she asked […]

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