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I remember going into a panicked shock

I remember going into a panicked shock

I was seven years old when I first experienced death. My cousins sat me down, because the adults were arguing and angry. Some of them were even crying. I asked my cousins what happened, they said our grandfather fell down the stairs back home and died bringing […]

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His children were not told

His children were not told

Is of my father, who died at the insanely young age of 39. I was 9, and couldn’t understand what happened. He had a heart attack, and was in the hospital dying, for days, but we, his children, were not told our father was about to die. […]

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The room was quiet

The room was quiet

Being with the dying is an absolute privilege and honour. I remember my first client death very well. I sat at the bedside of an elderly gentleman, while he was actively dying in hospital. His partner has stepped out to make funeral arrangements. The room was quiet. […]

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Rainbows remind me of you

Rainbows remind me of you

I miss you… you’ve been gone almost 10 years but I still miss you. I still want to call you or send you an email. I miss your smile and our talks. I regret not going to the hospital early that day & not seeing you one […]

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Just be my friend

Just be my friend

When my Kokum was beginning her journey from the hospital, she told her doctor, “No more medicine, just be my friend, you’re my friend.” Her longtime friend teared up, sat down beside her and held her hand.

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Begging for relief from his pain

Begging for relief from his pain

I was in the hospital about 1998. Every night a young boy cried, he had cancer and wanted his meds. But the nurse wouldn’t give him. He cried every night for 2 hours. Poor boy was begging for relief from his pain. I asked the nurses giving […]

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Being with you all one day

Being with you all one day

My story is not anything special or different from others. I have watched, held hands, prayed with, laughed with, many dying people as I am a Palliative nurse – friend – mother, wife, etc. To all of those people, I say Thank You for sharing your life or […]

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We are lost without you

We are lost without you

My Dear Renee, We are lost without you – where have you gone? We will never forget you – thank you for touching our lives with your beauty and brilliance, even for such a short time. All love. – The P.C. team at Medstar Washington Hospital

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For this I felt lucky

For this I felt lucky

I was filled with gratitude when I witnessed my dad’s last breath in hospital. Gratitude for having had the kind dad for 23 years that I had. A dad whom I would miss. For this I felt lucky. Blessed. 

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You survived but did not live

You survived but did not live

Dad – I’m so sorry I let you down at your end of life – I let them put a feeding tube in when I should have just held your hand. You survived but did not live. I promise I will help others through this fear & […]

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