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

Perspective

Perspective

To help them with the grieving process

To help them with the grieving process

I think people need compassion and empathy when someone close to them is dying. To help them with the grieving process and accept the loss that has/will happen in this life. Knowing they will miss that loved one, and to know what they feel is okay. It […]

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Losing someone you really love

Losing someone you really love

Losing someone you really love brings a whole new meaning to the word “forever”

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Sometimes they are just as needed and helpful

Sometimes they are just as needed and helpful

PSWs can play a vital role in end of life care for clients. This isn’t black and white, each client, family and PSW can contribute to the specialized individual needs. We need to train and give PSWs the opportunity to be a part of EOL care more […]

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You wish you could take the pain for them

You wish you could take the pain for them

Its hard to watch a loved one go through their stages alone. You feel helpless because you don’t know what they are experiencing. Your only a spectater. You wish you could take the pain for them. Just to give them a break from their reality. Waiting for […]

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A good death has a few key moments

A good death has a few key moments

As a caregiver I have been witness to a “good” death and a “bad” death. A good death has a few key moments Understanding/honesty Preparation/pain control Love from all that surround Acceptance from all that surround A bad death although at times unavoidable follows the living far […]

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The body is purely a vessel

The body is purely a vessel

I was not presented when my mother passed. In order to be present with her, I visited and viewed her deceased body in the hospital morgue. I realized upon seeing her the body is purely a ‘vessel’ to hold someone’s mind and spirit. It was also a […]

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Their passing was not easy

Their passing was not easy

Their passing was not easy, and not free of pain due to resources not being available. When people pass in their homes, especially cancer patients making sure that whatever medications to make the transition pain free is crucial.

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I want to make a difference

I want to make a difference

I have been a part of many deaths I palliative care as well as multiple unexpected deaths. One resource still missing is grievance support for staff and family after death. I want to make a difference.

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It is about sharing your time

It is about sharing your time

Healing is not just about treating or resolving of a disease but instead it is about sharing your time and listening with intent to the person receiving care. And sometimes that healing also benefits the caregiver who provides care

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This experience has changed how I live now

This experience has changed how I live now

I lost my mom 10 yrs ago to cancer. She worked too hard and long so that she would be able to travel, but retirement came and so did a cancer diagnosis. This experience has changed how I live now. I live for today and ensure time […]

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