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

Regret

Regret

Love and sadness came over me

Love and sadness came over me

Both my grandparents died while I was not living near them and it was not until I travelled back home and saw their plots in the cemetery that this feeling of loss and sadness came over me. I had to re-live that feeling of losing them all […]

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to savour everything

to savour everything

…is to not Live with past regrets but to savour everything that life has to offer in the moment.  

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I’ll never know the relationship we could have had

I’ll never know the relationship we could have had

Dad, I’ll never know the relationship we could have had over the last 10 years not speaking. I couldn’t look you in the eye and feel safe anymore after the pain you put me through. Without your apology, I still live in the past. I’ve moved away […]

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I was away on vacation

I was away on vacation

Grandpa, I miss you. You died had a funeral and was buried all while I was away on vacation. You never met your first of three grandchildren that I was carrying when you died. It really sucked not being able to say goodbye to you. I love […]

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I never went to visit her

I never went to visit her

My grandmother suffered a fall and was in intensive care for many months before ultimately passing away. I never went to visit her. I was too afraid of seeing her that way. It was one of my biggest regrets. I refuse to let a fear of death […]

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I have no regrets over my choice

I have no regrets over my choice

I had chosen to say ‘No’ to set myself free. I chose freedom over your anger. I have no regrets over my choice just wish you loved me as much as I loved my freedom  

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But its too late

But its too late

My mom and dad always phoned me at inconvenient times. I was always so busy with my life. Now they’re gone I often think: “Oh I should tell them this”…or…”Now would be a perfect afternoon to call them.” But it’s too late. So many things I didn’t […]

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I almost get jealous

I almost get jealous

My dad is palliative and lives so far from me. My sister is his caregiver. She is awesome! Sometime when she tells me things about my dad … little things I almost get jealous because I am missing this opportunity an in my heart I always ask… […]

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Rainbows remind me of you

Rainbows remind me of you

I miss you… you’ve been gone almost 10 years but I still miss you. I still want to call you or send you an email. I miss your smile and our talks. I regret not going to the hospital early that day & not seeing you one […]

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I wished I knew her better

I wished I knew her better

I lost my mother in-law this past week. She died suddenly and lives in another province. It was difficult for my husband to lose his mother but for me I had wished I knew her better. If only we visited her more often or talked to her […]

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