The Reflection Room is supported by Saint Elizabeth Health Care
Creating space to pause, reflect and share experiences with dying and death

Reflecting

Reflecting

Time helps

Time helps

Death is a gift that allows people to be release from pain and sadness. It most importantly, allows the survivors to experience the life that they were predestined to live. This difficult to understand in the midst of grief with the loss of a loved one, whether […]

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You said goodbye

You said goodbye

I wasn’t there at first. You waited. I finally got there, You were there for me I stayed. You said goodbye. I remember.

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I was the little girl

I was the little girl

I lost my hero 2 years ago. Dad had COPD with 30% lung function. He showed signs and symptoms of a cold on a Wednesday. Cold turned to pneumonia on Saturday, ICU Sunday died the following Thursday. My world stopped, even though my eyes saw people on […]

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I look back to that night

I look back to that night

The first patient who passed in my presence….. 5 y.o boy…I thought I will never go back to nursing, instead I am in palliative care. Whenever I am in doubt of what I am doing in life I look back to that night, to that little boy […]

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I needed to be with him

I needed to be with him

When my son was dying, I needed to be with him at all moments. I needed to continue to be his caregiver. I needed to be able to not follow typical hospital rules.

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What an honour it was to hold your hand

What an honour it was to hold your hand

Mom, You brought me into this world. What an honour it was to hold your hand and exchange care giver roles as you allowed me to hold you as you left this world. I reflect on that time as the most sincere and loving between is- forever […]

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We are a reflection of the little choices we make

We are a reflection of the little choices we make

Dearest Prabhanna, Your loss was sudden, unfathomable, yet bit like a ton of bricks. You were only 40 when you passed due to myocardial infarcts, and your lust for life only makes it sadder. We are a reflection of all the little choices we make. You were […]

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Now we need to give back

Now we need to give back

While my mom is alive I want her life to be perfect…lots of family and friends because this is what she loves. She has always been a “giver”- now we need to give back.

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I should have asked more

I should have asked more

I recently had the experience to assist my 51 year old sister-in-law on her final journey. Being a nurse profided me with the shells and knowledge to provide support and dicertion. What I was not totally prepared for was the difficult conversations between her, myself and children. […]

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It is so hard to imagine a world without her

It is so hard to imagine a world without her

I don’t have a problem talking about death and dying until it comes to the thought of my mother…That’s a thought I have to totally block out or risk sobbing uncontrollably. It is so hard to imagine a world without her. I do worry that when the […]

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