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palliative care

Sometimes it’s unfair

Sometimes it’s unfair

Sometimes it’s unfair – for those of us who work in palliative care – that we don’t have the opportunity to grieve the loss of our loved ones as others do. As we go through our daily work, supporting others through their death, dying, loss, grief journey, […]

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Being open to the Divine Source

Being open to the Divine Source

Two men who inspire me among many others in my hospice work – thank you to Henri and Geo. You both continue to guide me form the other side! Little did I know when Henri’s writings inspired me to study palliative care that I would help to […]

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Mourning with the dying

Mourning with the dying

We need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others. Mourning with the dying on a day to day can create “burn out”. Remember to do something fun to recharge.

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Fear of loss

Fear of loss

Etched clearly in my heart & mind forever… Walking & supporting my mom through a 4 yr journey with terminal ovarian CA diagnosis. The hope, the fight, the successful & failed treatment Emotional struggles & fear of unknown Fear of loss, What I learned: Be honest, live […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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