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Relieving fear

Relieving fear

To be with a loved one at end of life To support a loved one who is with a loved one at end of life Transferring knowledge Relieving fear Saying goodbye Palliative Care Nursing

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Something sad and beautiful

Something sad and beautiful

I was such a young, and naive social worker when I experienced my first death – Debbie – I was just 22 yrs. old at the time. I remember her actively dying in her bed. She had been fighting with her dad over many years, but he […]

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I still feel a twinge

I still feel a twinge

When my first born son died from preterm labor at 20 weeks, the comfort from family & friends, the surprise at the many friends who share their stories and the blatant insensitivity of some. I still feel a twinge when I tell people I have two girls […]

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I took her face in my hands

I took her face in my hands

About five years ago I volunteered for another organization. I remember it was February and we had a snow storm. I looked outside and decided it was going to be difficult to drive so I hopped on the bus. When I got there instead of my “client” […]

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We hear your cries, feel your loss

We hear your cries, feel your loss

Through my years of caregiving and nursing it is only now that I pause to reflect on the times that I have had the honor of being with those who have died holding my hand. Some deaths have been peaceful and others more trying, I have shed […]

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I so regret not staying

I so regret not staying

My reflection [regret]… My sister and I were with my mom, we asked the nurse was she close. A question that was hard for the nurse to answer. We left my mom to go home and come back in the morning. A few hours later she passed […]

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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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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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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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