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Your life and death inspires me

Your life and death inspires me

To my dearest grandma, It’s been several years since you’ve passed away, but I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately and how I carry your spirit with me as I move forward in my work with hospice palliative care. Your life and death inspires me every […]

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You heard my goodbye

You heard my goodbye

Nonna, I miss you every day. I would like to say each day has been easier but it hasn’t. I know in my heart, you had the best of care & you heard my goodbye. Mom misses you. A lot. She was so strong & took such […]

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I just wish I knew

I just wish I knew

I just wish I knew then that I know now when my grandmother was dying 20 years ago.

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I still miss her

I still miss her

Losing my grandmother was the first real impact that death had in my life. I still miss her and see her in bed. She was able to die at home the way she wanted-20 years ago.

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It empowered me

It empowered me

It was my honour and privilege to be able to support my father and honour my grandmother’s wishes. My father is not able to discuss dying but my grandmother and I often had open conversations about her wishes. It empowered me to hear her sense of control […]

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They had raised me

They had raised me

My grandparents died within 2 weeks of each other, very suddenly. My grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, my grandmother died of a broken heart. I have always regretted that I wasn’t (couldn’t??) present with them in those last few days before they died. They had raised me […]

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She had the most amazing spirit

She had the most amazing spirit

My Gran was an amazing woman. She left an abusive relationship in Scotland with three young (under 10 yrs) boys and flew to Canada to give them a better life. She was at end of life, we didn’t know- she didn’t want treatment for her cancer, and […]

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I slept on the floor beside her bed

I slept on the floor beside her bed

I was with my grandmother for the passing itself and for the couple weeks leading up to her death. I slept on the floor by her bed as my mother could have a break. I was sitting beside her when she took her last breath. All I […]

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I never got to say good bye

I never got to say good bye

Last year I planned a trip to visit my grandmother in the UK. We went to Europe and unfortunately due to the bank holiday my grandmother had been taken to another hospital for her treatment. She later passed thanksgiving. I felt as though I never got to […]

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A little bird sat on my kitchen ledge

A little bird sat on my kitchen ledge

All my life, I was so close to both my mom’s dad and my dad’s mom. They both left too young. A grandparent from both sides of me! (My heart) when grandma died. I had just seen her a couple of days before at the retirement home […]

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