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

Moments

Moments

I was able to just be there with them

I was able to just be there with them

I had a patient on our palliative care unit who was completely comfortable and it was the last few minutes of her life. It was late at night and just me and her daughter there. My “medical” nursing role was done and I was able to just

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Oh la! La vie.

Oh la! La vie.

One last words of a child at the palliative center for kids “lighthouse” said to me and his family before passing away. “Oh la! La Vie” This powerful sentence in which he said it loud and clear was his last words. This word changed everything in my

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It’s so good to just hear your voice

It’s so good to just hear your voice

“Hi Uncle Pete, it’s me, Clare…” “Oh, Clare, it’s so good to just hear your voice!” Across many miles, last conversation by telephone between a young niece and her dying young uncle.

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The simplest things can ease the situation

The simplest things can ease the situation

My father-in-law passed away suddenly. The whole family was still reeling from the loss of another family member. We gathered at the funeral home – everyone was so distraught. The small children were so unsure and upset. I asked for some paper and pens and layed on

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Her body lifted up

Her body lifted up

I remember “Helen” who was on our unit for a few weeks and always had family members at her bedside except the time of her death. I had this inner voice telling to go in her room she was taking her last few breaths. I sat with

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