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The legacy lives on

The legacy lives on

…thinking of my parents so recently gone, having lived their lives in love. The legacy lives on – in me… a history of tragic loss, healing in palliative care… amazing lives live on in your children, grand-children & beyond. Thank you

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We focused on living

We focused on living

Within 2 weeks I lost both my parents and my beloved husband of 30 years. The void, emptiness was huge. I’m now an orphan and a widow. This comes after months and years of anticipation, preparation, and tiredness. We did talk but not nearly enough. We focused […]

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A little bird sat on my kitchen ledge

A little bird sat on my kitchen ledge

All my life, I was so close to both my mom’s dad and my dad’s mom. They both left too young. A grandparent from both sides of me! (My heart) when grandma died. I had just seen her a couple of days before at the retirement home […]

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She was always there for us

She was always there for us

I miss you mom, all the time! When my mom passed away, all 6 of her 7 children were at her bedside. It was one of the hardest things that I have ever done, but I wouldn’t have ever missed being there. It felt like we could […]

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Your sense of joy

Your sense of joy

Mom & Dad- You’re long gone but know that your spirit- along with the fine morals judgement and sensibilities live on in us three sibs. We also cherish and try to continue your sense of joy, wonder and humour every day sending love and happiness.  

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You helped provide a basis

You helped provide a basis

You both helped me so much, during your lives (together), and after your lives as well. You both helped provide a basis for my understanding of the world, one that is compassionate and curious, but also profoundly affected by what you experienced as children. I miss you […]

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The how is long forgotten

The how is long forgotten

It is long time since my parents passed. By now, the “how” is long forgotten, although it was painful at the time. But I thank them every day for the gifts of generosity, caring and that magical ability to look beyond themselves. They were both active in […]

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I don’t think I’ll be able to

I don’t think I’ll be able to

I don’t think I’ll be able to handle my parent’s passing.  

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But its too late

But its too late

My mom and dad always phoned me at inconvenient times. I was always so busy with my life. Now they’re gone I often think: “Oh I should tell them this”…or…”Now would be a perfect afternoon to call them.” But it’s too late. So many things I didn’t […]

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An attentive, caring, empathetic physician

An attentive, caring, empathetic physician

My dear Aunt Shai was an attentive, caring, empahtetic physician who gave all of herself to help others. Losing her second son Lawson at the age of two had made her even more special in my and other eyes. While I watched my Aunt pass with colon […]

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