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HPCO Conference 2016

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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I endeavor to give my all

I endeavor to give my all

What a privilege and gift I have been handed… to walk with those whose life has changed due to a life threatening diagnosis. Thank you for allowing me the privilege and honour to share and walk with you. I endeavor not to take this role/job/opportunity for granted […]

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Live every day to its fullest

Live every day to its fullest

Working in hospice palliative care came to me as a second career. In it I have found incredible depth and a new perspective … allowing me to really live every day to its fullest.

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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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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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Music was playing

Music was playing

We were there when my mom passed, she was getting ready for her journey. Music was playing, other residents and nurses came by to visit her. She made her mark. We told her it was alright to leave us, one last breath and a big smile. 

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Your bravery and strength

Your bravery and strength

Every year on my birthday you would tell me the story of how on the same day in 1945 (April 19th), you were freed from the Nazi prison camp where you were held as a POW for over a year. Today is my birthday – and the […]

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