The Reflection Room is supported by Saint Elizabeth Health Care
Creating space to pause, reflect and share experiences with dying and death

Posts Tagged palliative care

palliative care

We cried together

We cried together

I had the privilege of visiting a resident in hospice 1x per week for 6 weeks. I ended up getting a promotion and leaving the retirement residence. During the party for my last day this lovely ladies family managed to bring her to see me 1 last […]

Read story

I knew I would not be coming back

I knew I would not be coming back

My PSW beginning I worked with a lady in private home care. She is the reason why I became a nurse. I cared for her for three years a became a part of the family. I worked with her everyday. She was non-verbal but I was able […]

Read story

A young girl taking on adult responsibilities

A young girl taking on adult responsibilities

A young caregiver growing up too fast you were 10 years old when you found out your grandmother had Alzheimer’s, within 6 mths you grandfather tragically passed leaving family to care for your grandmother. You honorarly and thoughtfully stepped into action, you bathed her, dressed her, fed […]

Read story

The kids used their emergency kit

The kids used their emergency kit

About 5 years ago a team of nurses was supporting a 40ish year old man in his palliative care. He wanted to die at home with his family. He had 2 young children and he had very high chances of bleeding out. The nurse worked with the […]

Read story

I met him when he was still well

I met him when he was still well

As a nurse for over 20 years I have cared for many people in many settings from birth to death. One client and his family always remain fresh in my memory. It was a palliative client and I met him when he was still well and was […]

Read story

I want to make a difference

I want to make a difference

I have been a part of many deaths I palliative care as well as multiple unexpected deaths. One resource still missing is grievance support for staff and family after death. I want to make a difference.

Read story

This is where she stayed

This is where she stayed

As an RN working at the hospital I was asked to head to the ICU department to bring a pt back to our palliative floor as the family had made the decision to take an EOL approach. I went with a college to bring our pt back […]

Read story

It’s the strength

It’s the strength

It’s the stories that draw me to Palliative Care. It’s the truth of voices being hear It’s the universality It’s the strength It’s the connect to self, family & community It’s the tragedy, the loss It’s being a witness It’s carrying on the memories so no-one truly […]

Read story

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. […]

Read story

I almost get jealous

I almost get jealous

My dad is palliative and lives so far from me. My sister is his caregiver. She is awesome! Sometime when she tells me things about my dad … little things I almost get jealous because I am missing this opportunity an in my heart I always ask… […]

Read story
Page 1 of 712345...Last »

Thank you for visiting

Would you consider taking
our short survey?