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Happy Birthday in Heaven

Happy Birthday in Heaven

Happy Birthday in Heaven Oct 20 2016

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Raw emotions they shared

Raw emotions they shared

I want to thank all of my patients who have come into my life. The raw emotions they shared. The lessons they taught me about life. Bottom line, our relationships are the most important. The most precious thing we have are our relationships. At times the sadness […]

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Still in my heart

Still in my heart

This children who have past: Make me stronger Make me find new ways to help their pain Make me reflect on life Make me believe in a better health system Make me meditate Make me laugh and cry Make me bring back my inner child Make me […]

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We remember your voice

We remember your voice

Hello baba, I wish you could live longer – to see how I grew up – how the family shattered without you. Hold on. We remember your voice, the strength you build within us – We will join you – one day – Love You …..

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Birth and re-birth

Birth and re-birth

Thank you, Mom, for the life you gave me at my birth – and the new life – the re-birth -you gave at the moment of  your death. Birth and re-birth, the gifts of your life and death. All ways, always. 

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Value the present

Value the present

I never want to say ” I wish I done this” or “I wish I had tell that person how important she is to me,” thanks to you, I value the present, every pause and moment as a unique experience, and try to live fully every moment, […]

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Maybe they are there

Maybe they are there

I wish I had done more for my parents. I did the best I could. I am working on making a garden for them, and when I am in this garden, I think of them and imagine how much they would have loved to be there. Maybe […]

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It’s silent but so loud to me

It’s silent but so loud to me

It’s been twenty years, but I can still see my father, the gentleman doctor as brothers, sitting beside my Aunt in NYC. She’s in a rigid metal halo & back brace, due to the fractures along her spine from metastatic breast CA. Cheeks flushed with steroids, she’s […]

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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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Holding the hands, wiping the tears

Holding the hands, wiping the tears

That while I spend most of the hours of my week holding the hands, wiping the tears & sitting with the suffering of my dying patients and their families, & that gives me perspective on the sanctity & beauty of life. I cannot seem to translate this […]

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