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She left us two weeks after her 15th birthday

She left us two weeks after her 15th birthday

…it was 12 years ago. She was my beautiful niece… a beautiful ballet dancer… she left us 2 weeks after her 15th birthday having fought for her life for a year with an aggressive germ cell ovarian CA. …the prognosis changed quickly but her mom & dad […]

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It is a great honour

It is a great honour

I had the honour and privilege to care for a client and her family through the dying process. She was transferred to hospice as her symptoms increased. I was recently notified by her daughter she had passed away. At her viewing her daughter said to me she […]

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I still remember, vividly, our time together

I still remember, vividly, our time together

My grandmother passed away more than 20 years ago but I still remember, vividly, our time together, as a family, making all the arrangements for her funeral. Both daughters, all her grandchildren (5), and even some of the older grand-children went to the funeral home & assisted […]

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Death has left an empty space in my heart

Death has left an empty space in my heart

How fortunate family are that were given the gift of being with their loved one when they died. I wish I had that chance. Holding them, and being able to say goodbye. 3 tragic phone calls, 3 endings, 3 chances to say goodbye never happened, taken from […]

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I am trying to be there for her family

I am trying to be there for her family

I lost my amazing friend Charlene after an accident that should not have taken her life! I miss her so much! She was the friend I could tell anything to – she was loving, caring, and non-judgmental! I was there at her bedside and I was able […]

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Thank you Mom

Thank you Mom

Thank you Mom for the 20 amazing years of love, patience and nurturing you so selflessly gave me…never asking for any of it in return. I am sorry I did not show my gratitude more often, and that I did not recognize how much you suffered… but […]

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A new powerful initiative

A new powerful initiative

Today I heard of a new powerful initiative  to reach out to patients, family at Sunnybrook which I hope will help families like us who couldn’t benefit from this before. 

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At hospice

At hospice

At hospice… We see the unique dynamics in each family and in  end of life, often the best and the worst. But it is an honour to be able to share that time and respect that families open themselves to us.  We are truly blessed by sharing […]

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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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I owe you

I owe you

I remember… Kate, thanks for allowing me to partner with you and your family, in order to get you home again. Thank you for always being real with me, one charge nurse to another, one woman to another, one mother to another. Thank you for showing me […]

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