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

Reflecting

Reflecting

Your peace comforts my tears

Your peace comforts my tears

Dear God, You are my strength – my anchor and safe place. Your peace comforts my tears, your love casts away my fears. Thank you today for today. A struggling pilgrim on life’s path.

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Some I grew close to

Some I grew close to

In my 5 years as a Saint Elizabeth visiting nurse, I have come such a long way in terms of dealing with the death of clients. I started work shortly after my mother’s death – still raw in my memory; almost immediately found myself caring for dying […]

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He just slipped away

He just slipped away

My dad died in 2010 from COPD & renal failure. He decided against dialysis & his passing was quick & very peaceful. We held his hand as he just slipped away. It was on his terms and I will be forever grateful for that. I still miss […]

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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 still miss her

I still miss her

Losing my grandmother was the first real impact that death had in my life. I still miss her and see her in bed. She was able to die at home the way she wanted-20 years ago.

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It gives me long pause to think

It gives me long pause to think

When I think of how fast the years have passed- and are passing- and many moments, days, and sometimes years, I’ve wasted not saying things that need to be said and doing things that need to be done…It gives me long pause to think. And sometimes chills.

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It empowered me

It empowered me

It was my honour and privilege to be able to support my father and honour my grandmother’s wishes. My father is not able to discuss dying but my grandmother and I often had open conversations about her wishes. It empowered me to hear her sense of control […]

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They were all mothers

They were all mothers

I had 5 women I knew die within a year. They were all mothers, all in their 40’s. I was 45. It changed my life. I re-prioritized my life, declined a bigger more important job and focused on what was most important to me –my 3 children […]

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You left with dignity

You left with dignity

Although as my adoptive mom/stepmother, I was never really sure where we stood in terms of our relationship and never really felt close, your passing brought the family together in a bonding moment. And you seemed to not want to put any of us through your departure […]

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How will I be remembered

How will I be remembered

When I think of death, my own death specifically I think of life, my life…How will I be remembered or thought of…what will my legacy be? It causes me some anxiety when I pause and reflect. Life, death so entertwined I want to be thoughtful in my […]

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