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palliative care

You are still with us!

You are still with us!

Mom – thanks for showing me how to live fearlessly, boldly, and “in charge” until one’s last breath. I’m sorry that I didn’t comprehend what you were trying to tell us when you “woke up” in those last hours. Maybe we each are supposed to draw our […]

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I am forever grateful

I am forever grateful

Having spent over 35 years being given the gift to care for people through birth to death, I am struck by how much humanity means and how much of a gift I have been given – Thank you dad for putting me down this path. I am […]

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Who will hold my hand when I die

Who will hold my hand when I die

When my patient was awake, she always wanted to hold hands: with family, with friends, with caregivers. One day she asked, “Who will hold my hand when I die?”  I reminded her of her faith tradition and said, “when you let go of a hand here,  it […]

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You survived but did not live

You survived but did not live

Dad – I’m so sorry I let you down at your end of life – I let them put a feeding tube in when I should have just held your hand. You survived but did not live. I promise I will help others through this fear & […]

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Privileged and very humble

Privileged and very humble

Today I think about all the times I have been with a person at the end of their life – (hours). They were mostly elderly friends whom I learned so much from, who have been encouraging me in my life struggles with my sons. Someone called me […]

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Holding the hands, wiping the tears

Holding the hands, wiping the tears

That while I spend most of the hours of my week holding the hands, wiping the tears & sitting with the suffering of my dying patients and their families, & that gives me perspective on the sanctity & beauty of life. I cannot seem to translate this […]

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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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I feel her with me

I feel her with me

When I first began my career as a hospice physician, I worked with the most amazing social worker/ volunteer coordinator. She introduced our agency to therapeutic touch and the healing potential of harp played at the bedside of the dying. She went on to become a naturopathic […]

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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 miss you

I still miss you

My dearest, I still miss you. So many happy memories to keep me going. Your time at the hospice was so special, that first day I took you there (very hard for me) you relaxed. The staff were so kind, the place such a comfort. Love to […]

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