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I’m not ready for this

I’m not ready for this

Individual to caregiver – (2 days before death) “We have had some nice times together” Caregiver – “I’m not ready for this.” Individual – “It will be sad and then you will be fine.” Caregiver – “I don’t want you to go” Individual – “I won’t be […]

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The room was quiet

The room was quiet

Being with the dying is an absolute privilege and honour. I remember my first client death very well. I sat at the bedside of an elderly gentleman, while he was actively dying in hospital. His partner has stepped out to make funeral arrangements. The room was quiet. […]

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It was a gift to become your caregiver

It was a gift to become your caregiver

I was so lucky to have my Dad for the sixty-nine years of my life — Dad — It was a gift to become your caregiver over the last year of your life. It gave my heart time to open across the bumpy borders of our life. […]

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Being with you all one day

Being with you all one day

My story is not anything special or different from others. I have watched, held hands, prayed with, laughed with, many dying people as I am a Palliative nurse – friend – mother, wife, etc. To all of those people, I say Thank You for sharing your life or […]

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Make a difference

Make a difference

“Nature, time and patience, are the three greatest physicians.” The green pharmacy. If we take the time for ourselves and work more on who we are as healthcare professionals…or caregivers… then no matter what we do, we will be able to make a difference…even if only for […]

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Who will hold my hand when I die

Who will hold my hand when I die

When my patient was awake, she always wanted to hold hands: with family, with friends, with caregivers. One day she asked, “Who will hold my hand when I die?”  I reminded her of her faith tradition and said, “when you let go of a hand here,  it […]

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Relieving fear

Relieving fear

To be with a loved one at end of life To support a loved one who is with a loved one at end of life Transferring knowledge Relieving fear Saying goodbye Palliative Care Nursing

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I always thought she was there

I always thought she was there

Life is strange. My mother died one week before my son was born. I always thought she was there but was sick. After one week of my son’s birth I came to know that she has passed away. I always regret not being there for her. I […]

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Die with dignity

Die with dignity

Ron, I am sorry that you were not  afforded  the right to die with dignity as you should have been. Please know  there is an array working to ensure others are. XO

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You slowly released your tenacious grip on life

You slowly released your tenacious grip on life

I arrived very early that morning, for my ‘shift’. Only two of us, your ‘chosen family’ tended and safe-guarded your palliative care. I knew it was your last day — I smelled flowers and there were none there. You were alone. You were anxious and frightened. You were […]

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