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palliative care

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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… […]

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He is remembered

He is remembered

My father died 2 years ago this month – at home – with a wonderful palliative care doctor. No better way. He is remembered!

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Hope and despair, joy and sorrow

Hope and despair, joy and sorrow

He died in my arms, and that is how I learned about death, about life and about caring for others at the end of life. Now, I am palliative myself – not dying, not now. I’m in that in between space, where you would never peg me […]

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I am sorry

I am sorry

To my aunt and godmother who was a shining light in my life, I am sorry to not have found a hospice program or house for you in your last days-w all though you’d be with us much longer.

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Love and miss you both

Love and miss you both

Hi Mom and Dad This is a great opportunity for me to say I have no regrets when you both gave your last breath as I stood by your bedside. I said “I love you” & that stays with me forever. I say those 3 words to […]

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December is a hard month

December is a hard month

I have lost 4 family members in less than 10 years – 2 sisters with breast to bone – both in the same month/yr. December is a hard month. 3 deaths not present for due to time & distance and one death – my Dad’s with no pain […]

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I feel like a bit of an imposter

I feel like a bit of an imposter

Thank you for sharing this space. I work in palliative care and have (fortunately) not yet lost anyone close to me yet. I feel like a bit of an imposter in my professional life. But I really appreciate the opportunity to learn from others as a way […]

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