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

Grief

Grief

They had raised me

They had raised me

My grandparents died within 2 weeks of each other, very suddenly. My grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, my grandmother died of a broken heart. I have always regretted that I wasn’t (couldn’t??) present with them in those last few days before they died. They had raised me

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We always knew we loved each other

We always knew we loved each other

When my Dad was diagnosed with incurable cancer a co-worker advised me to take the time to say to my Dad, everything I wanted to say. Among the things I said were that he was the greatest man I have ever known, and that I loved him.

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Stop and smell the flowers

Stop and smell the flowers

I lost my ex-boyfriend last year. He was in my life for 20 years. 13 in romance, 7 in friendship. I regret many things about not being there for him. One thing I learned is that life in precious. Stop and smell the flowers. Be kind to

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I knew I would not be coming back

I knew I would not be coming back

My PSW beginning I worked with a lady in private home care. She is the reason why I became a nurse. I cared for her for three years a became a part of the family. I worked with her everyday. She was non-verbal but I was able

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I felt completely isolated

I felt completely isolated

When my grandfather passed away suddenly, I had just moved up North with my husband. I hadn’t started working, knew nobody and I was alone when my sister called to tell me. I felt completely isolated, alone and had a very difficult time with my grieving and

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I was the little girl

I was the little girl

I lost my hero 2 years ago. Dad had COPD with 30% lung function. He showed signs and symptoms of a cold on a Wednesday. Cold turned to pneumonia on Saturday, ICU Sunday died the following Thursday. My world stopped, even though my eyes saw people on

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You wish you had more time with them

You wish you had more time with them

Appreciation of life and how we interact with others is so often undervalued. Upon hearing the sudden death of 3 family members from an accident, many thoughts suddenly appear and you wish you had more time with them. Upon hearing the news, I was away with friends

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Loss of hope, of life

Loss of hope, of life

I am 44 years old and I have never lost someone who was integral to my life. My close touches with death and dying include a beloved family pet, a 101 year old grandmother and my husbands grandmother.  But most of all I was deeply deeply affected

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Arriving at her home

Arriving at her home

When my sister passed a DNR was not in place. She was terminal with breast cancer. Arriving at her home and meeting a police officer in the driveway telling me my mother had died was not a positive experience. Seeing her at the hospital with the resuscitation

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Until we meet again

Until we meet again

My last visit to see you at St Joes hospital was not was I expected. I opened the door and went in your room. I was in shock. Was I in the right room? You were zipped in a bag, a room that was very quiet. I

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