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Death sucks

Death sucks

My aunt died last year and it was my first true loss/death. I have worked in hospice for 11 years but it was the first time I felt what it meant to lose someone you love. I wish I was with her and my family at the […]

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I am sorry

I am sorry

To my aunt and godmother who was a shining light in my life, I am sorry to not have found a hospice program or house for you in your last days-w all though you’d be with us much longer.

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An attentive, caring, empathetic physician

An attentive, caring, empathetic physician

My dear Aunt Shai was an attentive, caring, empahtetic physician who gave all of herself to help others. Losing her second son Lawson at the age of two had made her even more special in my and other eyes. While I watched my Aunt pass with colon […]

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The trees outside your window

The trees outside your window

Dear Aunt Brenda… “Tom Brown” — big brother of Copie (Suzie) — she will be waiting for you, is already there with something dreadful & funny wrapped in a Kleenex. She will say “Hi Tom” to her big sister/brother & you will both laugh & hug for […]

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I wish I could go back in time

I wish I could go back in time

Aunt D. I wish I could go back in time. To spend more time with you. Get you more flowers, hold your hand. All the things you liked to do, I would do it. I was absolutely heartbroken when you left us so suddenly. No chance to […]

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A single bare lightbulb hung over the bed

A single bare lightbulb hung over the bed

12:30 am I stood in the bedroom of a sixty-four year old woman actively dying. Her 24 year old nephew and main caregiver by her side. Room was tiny and hot. A single bare lightbulb hung over the bed. A new family came and went by 2am. […]

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I told her how much I loved her

I told her how much I loved her

30 years ago my aunt Jessie passed away after suffering a terrible fall. I was able to sit with her during the last hour of her life. We were alone. I told her how much I loved her and thanked her for all of her teachings and […]

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