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CHPCA Conference 2015

Is this it?

Is this it?

He looked at me and asked “Is this it?” I looked at him, my eyes dewy with compassion and took his hand saying “It very well could be.” He squeezed my hand, struggling to breath he said “I just want you to know it have been my […]

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I didn’t fully understand

I didn’t fully understand

Being present/but not present at the same time when my dad was actively dying. I didn’t fully understand as a daughter or a new nurse. Year later, palliative care is my focus so I can hopefully help others understand what is happening and feel supported.

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I’m still worth something

I’m still worth something

Sharing. “Remembering my past makes me realize how much I have done and that I’m not only sick and dying.” I’m still worth something after these words she left us… for a better place.

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Be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself

“Fare thee well… why should I weep? To see thee thus so soundly sleep…” TO know that there is no right way to grieve. That grief, the pain of grief, stays with you forever…it may adjust and you can live again…but you are forever transformed by it. […]

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I was in awe of this family

I was in awe of this family

Sitting with a family as they sat around the bed of their mom/wife/sister/grandmother/aunt. I was in awe of this family — all present and yet so scared, sad and angry. I could feel their love for my patient and yet so much stress in the room. I […]

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He made memories for his family that were so rich

He made memories for his family that were so rich

A wonderful, brilliant, vibrant, complex man who left the hospital with a 3 week prognosis to survive 2 years. In those years he made memories for his family that were so rich. He taught me so much about the power of mind and positive thinking. “Change your […]

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I tasted the sacred dimension of time

I tasted the sacred dimension of time

Le fait d’avoir accompagné ma mère dans sa fin de vie, et ce, pendant plusieurs mois, a marqué deprintivement ma pratique clincique, goitant las dimension sacrée du temps de l’space et de la presénce… The fact of having accompanied my mother during her end of life journey […]

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It was all about this beautiful life

It was all about this beautiful life

I remember sharing the final moments of a young women’s life with the family. As they let her go, and they let go. Seeing the incredible amount of love and how at this time the family crisis and misgivings about each other fell away and it was […]

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Each person graced me with the honour

Each person graced me with the honour

All the clients I have cared for in their final months, days and hours! I remember every client who I had the privilege of caring for at the end of their life. Some I was along with, holding their hand, some had family and loved ones present […]

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Oh la! La vie.

Oh la! La vie.

One last words of a child at the palliative center for kids “lighthouse” said to me and his family before passing away. “Oh la! La Vie” This powerful sentence in which he said it loud and clear was his last words. This word changed everything in my […]

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