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

Reflecting

Reflecting

He received lots of love

He received lots of love

Life is too short need to enjoy each and every minute. A friend of mine who was as his prime time of his life was gunned down in the morning hours of the day when going to work. He was my cheer leader, supporting me in everything. […]

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You were always happy

You were always happy

To my friend Wheslay, Thank you for letting me visit you at Hospice Care. You were always happy, joyful and wise for a young man! I’m happy for you that your last few months in this world were fun, and full of life-enriching experiences. (at Chinook Hospice) […]

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Joy and life

Joy and life

Suffering and death Joy and life Is this the only pairing? It is what I have seen, But not my desire. There is no pairing, rather a Mingling of all. I hate that I have lost I love that I loved before loss. I miss you Dad. […]

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Grace is here

Grace is here

I see the grace and love of all things ease patients and families at time of death. Those in pain somehow have no pain & need no medications Grace is here for them & us all.

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It’s the strength

It’s the strength

It’s the stories that draw me to Palliative Care. It’s the truth of voices being hear It’s the universality It’s the strength It’s the connect to self, family & community It’s the tragedy, the loss It’s being a witness It’s carrying on the memories so no-one truly […]

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We are all survivors

We are all survivors

To my older brother who died from suicide when he was 18 To my mom who died from cancer before turning 50 To my Oma with dementia To my youngest brother who has lost a mom & brother before he was even 13… You live on in […]

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It was so hard to be present

It was so hard to be present

My niece: She lived so bravely until she died. She suffered so her children could have Mom a few months longer. She was angry. It was so hard to be present to all this. I think I will always feel that I did not do my part […]

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I hope I made you feel safe

I hope I made you feel safe

I feel like I knew you even though you never spoke a word to me. I could see how much everybody loved you by the way everyone was there with you. And I hope I made you feel loved too. I hope I made you feel safe. […]

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Regret… it found me anyways

Regret… it found me anyways

I was not prepared for my mom’s diagnosis. I was not prepared for her to die. The 5 1/2 months of her illness felt unreal and its only now…4 1/2 years later… that I can see how I did not and could not internalize that she was […]

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Much love

Much love

Just this fine year my grandmother passed away. She passed because she was diagnosed with dementia or alzheimers. My grandma is such a caring women and we all wish her the best life. She in fact did have an amazing life in our point of view. We […]

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