Creating space to pause, reflect and share experiences with dying and death

Experiences

Experiences

It was a party of sorts

It was a party of sorts

My father died within 3 months of his diagnosis. I was working in the next province (this one) and took Bearskin Airlines every week or 2 to see him. I left for work 2 days before he died, and didn’t see him alive again. Everybody else did;

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Love, Communicate & Celebrate

Love, Communicate & Celebrate

I’m 46 years old and I haven’t yet experienced the death of a loved one. As I age, I know that I am getting closer to having this experience. It makes me realize the importance of living well and appreciating who are closest to me. I feel

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The 2 greatest gifts

The 2 greatest gifts

The 2 greatest gifts… being present at a birth and being present at someone’s death. Both are truly an honour.

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I took her face in my hands

I took her face in my hands

About five years ago I volunteered for another organization. I remember it was February and we had a snow storm. I looked outside and decided it was going to be difficult to drive so I hopped on the bus. When I got there instead of my “client”

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We talked and my heart ached for him

We talked and my heart ached for him

I remember Adina, one of my clients very close to death when I began visiting her. As it was, I went, perhaps, all of 3 times before I was told she had passed away. She was dying of breast cancer and her right arm was hugely swollen

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She left us two weeks after her 15th birthday

She left us two weeks after her 15th birthday

…it was 12 years ago. She was my beautiful niece… a beautiful ballet dancer… she left us 2 weeks after her 15th birthday having fought for her life for a year with an aggressive germ cell ovarian CA. …the prognosis changed quickly but her mom & dad

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I have met so many resilient people

I have met so many resilient people

As a volunteer I have met so many resilient people who find joy in living each day. As a bereaved grandparent I have felt the care and support of staff and fellow group members. Thank you for it all!

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Each time I played it on the piano, he sang

Each time I played it on the piano, he sang

I remember a client Clemstow, a musician and saxophonist, who was trying to organize a benefit concert to save animals even though he was terminal. His favourite song “Feelings” now always reminds me of him. Each time I played it on the piano, he sang! I thought

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A few minutes make a big difference

A few minutes make a big difference

Hospice allowed to give of myself and be of service to others. Volunteering took a deeper meaning to be able to help someone who is looking for help, help that many cannot buy. Volunteering helped me to grow and become a better person, by being open to

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I am trying to be there for her family

I am trying to be there for her family

I lost my amazing friend Charlene after an accident that should not have taken her life! I miss her so much! She was the friend I could tell anything to – she was loving, caring, and non-judgmental! I was there at her bedside and I was able

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