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Maybe they are there

Maybe they are there

I wish I had done more for my parents. I did the best I could. I am working on making a garden for them, and when I am in this garden, I think of them and imagine how much they would have loved to be there. Maybe […]

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I wish she felt freer in life

I wish she felt freer in life

In the 9 weeks between diagnosis & death, we learned so many “secrets” of my mom’s life. Until she was freed by the knowledge of her coming death, she could not tell some of her own life stories & I found out the father was raised me […]

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I’ve always known life goes in cycles

I’ve always known life goes in cycles

I’ve always known life goes in cycles but now I am experiencing this. When you are a chi,d you move from grade school to high school then college/university. Along the way, grandparents die and when someone your own age dies, you say they died too young. Then […]

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What a wonderful gift

What a wonderful gift

I remember your wonderful smile and how easily you told us you loved us. As your time grew near, you held off long enough to see all your grandchildren and great-grandchildren so you could tell them you loved them. What a wonderful gift! They still talk about […]

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I sang to you

I sang to you

To my Mom: You taught me to live to the fullest and love with passion and forgiveness! I sang to you on your night of death to you favourite music. You are the wisest woman I have ever known and you made me who I am. Thanks […]

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You gave me the biggest gift

You gave me the biggest gift

I remember being so angry you were also dying – Mom just months ago and now you, Dad – how could you both leave me at such an early age. then I remember the kindness of the nurse – the doctors – the staff. And that is […]

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Home is always better

Home is always better

Dear Dad, I want to thank you for allowing us, your family, to care for you at what we didn’t understand then, was your end of life journey. We struggled watching you struggle to breathe and watching you retreat from us as you curled up in the […]

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I regret not informing him he was dying

I regret not informing him he was dying

My Regret – That I was present as a Healthcare provider (RN) (liaison for the family) rather than as a daughter at my father’s bedside when he was dying. I also regret not informing him that he was dying – missed opportunity to allow each other to […]

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He was such a quiet, humble man

He was such a quiet, humble man

I remember everyone wondering how I coped so well after my father passed away two years ago, Some people openly commented about how strong I was, others just gave me fleeting looks of empathy and concern during a pause in our conversations. My apparent resilience made me […]

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If I had known then, what I know now

If I had known then, what I know now

The difference in how my father was looked after when dying 25 years ago and the care of my mother last year in hospice. Now it is known as Palliative Care. I thank you — all who have been instrumental in moving us forward in this model […]

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