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Posts Tagged Calgary 2017

Calgary 2017

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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You opened your heart

You opened your heart

To a sister, You shared your fears You opened your heart You showed great sadness You trusted me with your heart I continue to be grateful for your love, I miss you always & carry you in my heart each moment.

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See you when I get home

See you when I get home

To my big brother, I miss you! You left us w/ more questions than answers. I truly hope you have found the peace you were looking for.Thank you for the gift of your beautiful daughters. See you when I get home. Your little sister

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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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Life is so short and unpredictable

Life is so short and unpredictable

You taught me what is truly important. You showed me how life is so short & unpredictable yet so precious. Thank you for letting me be part of your journey. Such was Holy Ground.

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Thank you for loving me

Thank you for loving me

Dad, You weren’t one for much physical affection – that’s the way you were raised. But you were generous with your time. I remember how you took us swimming when you finished work. I remember standing with you in front of the blackboard drilling me with addition. […]

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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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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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