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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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Something sad and beautiful

Something sad and beautiful

I was such a young, and naive social worker when I experienced my first death – Debbie – I was just 22 yrs. old at the time. I remember her actively dying in her bed. She had been fighting with her dad over many years, but he […]

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I took her face in my hands

I took her face in my hands

About five years ago I volunteered for another organization. I remember it was February and we had a snow storm. I looked outside and decided it was going to be difficult to drive so I hopped on the bus. When I got there instead of my “client” […]

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We talked and my heart ached for him

We talked and my heart ached for him

I remember Adina, one of my clients very close to death when I began visiting her. As it was, I went, perhaps, all of 3 times before I was told she had passed away. She was dying of breast cancer and her right arm was hugely swollen […]

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Each time I played it on the piano, he sang

Each time I played it on the piano, he sang

I remember a client Clemstow, a musician and saxophonist, who was trying to organize a benefit concert to save animals even though he was terminal. His favourite song “Feelings” now always reminds me of him. Each time I played it on the piano, he sang! I thought […]

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My heart ached

My heart ached

I remember when I lost a patient who had ALS. I saw her in her home… Then I saw her in the hospice. I secretly cried for her suffering. My heart ached. It made me strive to be better, softer, stronger than ever before. I cannot forget […]

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Heart and hospice

Heart and hospice

I have learned SO much about heart and hospice by the amazing volunteers I have had the honour to journey with through the 30 hour palliative care course – Thank you for opening your hearts, minds, and being to hospice.

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You teach me to live

You teach me to live

To All I care for at hospice Thank you for being a teacher, a friends, and most of all a leader. You teach me each and every day what matters in life. You help me choose quality over quantity and moments over possessions. You teach me to […]

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It is a privilege

It is a privilege

After a 30 year nursing career in Critical Care I am honoured to accompany those who are experiencing a natural death. I am thankful for the peaceful environment of hospice and my superbly competent and compassionate colleagues. It is a privilege to help individuals and families to […]

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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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