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

All Stories

All Stories

We focused on living

We focused on living

Within 2 weeks I lost both my parents and my beloved husband of 30 years. The void, emptiness was huge. I’m now an orphan and a widow. This comes after months and years of anticipation, preparation, and tiredness. We did talk but not nearly enough. We focused […]

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Dad misses you

Dad misses you

Mom, I was so lucky to have you as my mother. I was honoured to be holding you when you died. It’s now been 6 months and I think only now am I understanding grief. Dad misses you so much. So do I & Mark Love your […]

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I have purpose

I have purpose

I am so tired. And I realize that I am living well, but not. I have purpose, meaning in my work – but I don’t look after myself in a purpose-full way. I have compassion for those whom it is my privilege to help – but I […]

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Mourning with the dying

Mourning with the dying

We need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others. Mourning with the dying on a day to day can create “burn out”. Remember to do something fun to recharge.

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You live in me

You live in me

“I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be” Michael – Thank you for giving me the strength & courage I need every day. Thank you for reminding me that life is a gift, it is precious and […]

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Fear of loss

Fear of loss

Etched clearly in my heart & mind forever… Walking & supporting my mom through a 4 yr journey with terminal ovarian CA diagnosis. The hope, the fight, the successful & failed treatment Emotional struggles & fear of unknown Fear of loss, What I learned: Be honest, live […]

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When it is your time, you have to get off

When it is your time, you have to get off

Three years ago, I lost my baby son at the age of 19 ½ years in an accident. I am still grieving but I am thankful that as a mother and family, we gave him the best in life – love, education, travel, language, moral ethical principles […]

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I can’t thank you enough

I can’t thank you enough

Dad, I miss you and love you. I can’t thank you enough for all the gifts you have given. Your special little angel.

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You were so much more to me

You were so much more to me

They call you a citizen of the world, given up at birth to be raised by staff and strangers. Transients through your life. You suffered gross indignities in a flawed institution system where you were less than others. You were so much more to me. I wish […]

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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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