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

Relationships

Relationships

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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Stop and smell the flowers

Stop and smell the flowers

I lost my ex-boyfriend last year. He was in my life for 20 years. 13 in romance, 7 in friendship. I regret many things about not being there for him. One thing I learned is that life in precious. Stop and smell the flowers. Be kind to […]

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I didn’t really know him

I didn’t really know him

When my dad passed away, I felt numb, not because of pain but because my dad had been sick since I was young, and I didn’t really know him. I felt a great deal of guilt over the following years for feeling so detached and indifferent to […]

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I felt so strong in your arms

I felt so strong in your arms

 I remember when we first met; it was the single most thrilling day of my life. Those beautiful blue eyes that made me forget all the pain that seemed to never go away. I felt strong in your arms, like Spiderman. You made me who I am […]

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I have never grieved the death of my best friends

I have never grieved the death of my best friends

I have never grieved the death of my best friends; the Reflection Room makes/moves me into solitude – being one with the Lord. In a short moment, I want to say thank you to my friends Noel who died of lung cancer at 33 and Sr. Ruth […]

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You taught me big things

You taught me big things

Dad, Thank you for being my Dad. Even in your post stroke years you taught me big things. You showed me how to slow down and be present with you. That will always be with me. In the timing of your death, my future opens. I love […]

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He had all of his final wishes

He had all of his final wishes

My grandpa was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer initially in the spring of 2014. He had surgery and was cancer free for over 2 years. He was re-diagnosed in July 2016, the oncologist gave him 1 year to live. He became depressed and was focusing on how much […]

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An honour to walk alongside you

An honour to walk alongside you

Delorey, … so afraid, anxious, fearful, I only saw it a few times though in your core your body vibrated with worry … an honour to walk alongside you and your boys with the desire to ease the suffering…let’s face it there was suffering. … I wear […]

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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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Expressing her contentment with life

Expressing her contentment with life

My mother Kay died while in a long term care home. I am grateful that we had a chance to understand each other better and share some laughs in the years before her death. She gave me the wonderful gift of expressing her contentment with life, love […]

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