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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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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 feel a twinge

I still feel a twinge

When my first born son died from preterm labor at 20 weeks, the comfort from family & friends, the surprise at the many friends who share their stories and the blatant insensitivity of some. I still feel a twinge when I tell people I have two girls […]

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My heart ached

My heart ached

I remember when I lost a patient who had ALS. I saw her in her home… Then I saw her in the hospice. I secretly cried for her suffering. My heart ached. It made me strive to be better, softer, stronger than ever before. I cannot forget […]

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A new powerful initiative

A new powerful initiative

Today I heard of a new powerful initiative  to reach out to patients, family at Sunnybrook which I hope will help families like us who couldn’t benefit from this before. 

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At hospice

At hospice

At hospice… We see the unique dynamics in each family and in  end of life, often the best and the worst. But it is an honour to be able to share that time and respect that families open themselves to us.  We are truly blessed by sharing […]

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Heart and hospice

Heart and hospice

I have learned SO much about heart and hospice by the amazing volunteers I have had the honour to journey with through the 30 hour palliative care course – Thank you for opening your hearts, minds, and being to hospice.

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You teach me to live

You teach me to live

To All I care for at hospice Thank you for being a teacher, a friends, and most of all a leader. You teach me each and every day what matters in life. You help me choose quality over quantity and moments over possessions. You teach me to […]

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I owe you

I owe you

I remember… Kate, thanks for allowing me to partner with you and your family, in order to get you home again. Thank you for always being real with me, one charge nurse to another, one woman to another, one mother to another. Thank you for showing me […]

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My greatest teachers

My greatest teachers

I’m so grateful to all the people I’ve had the privilege to care for; my greatest teachers.

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